Multi-drug 'polypill' finally to tackle heart problems

2019-03-01 08:14:04

Tests of a single, cheap tablet combining a range of drugs that protect against heart disease and stroke have begun. The “polypill” was mooted years ago as a cheap way to slash deaths from the big killer diseases, but pharmaceutical companies were reluctant to take on the project as the inexpensive drugs involved provided no financial incentive. Now a team funded by the Wellcome Trust in London, UK, and the British Heart Foundation, and led by Anthony Rodgers at the University of Auckland, New Zealand,