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15 Aug 2011

Scientists to Verify Gene's Role in Chinese Statin Response

Scientists assume that the genes behind high cholesterol in Chinese patients may be different from those responsible for the same problems in Western populations.

A group of researchers from Hong Kong plan to test commonly used statins--such as Merck's Zocor, Pfizer's Lipitor and AstraZeneca's Crestor--on liver and fat cells from study participants in southern China to determine how well the drugs work on people with various genetic features.


"We will see which type of genetic profile is suited to which drug," researcher David Siu told Reuters.


The problem is that while statins work well in Caucasian patients, they help reduce hardening of the arteries in only 20% to 30% of patients in China, the researchers said. "That means 70% to 80% respond poorly," Siu said. "We only continue to use statins because they are good drugs, but the benefit may be low."



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