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The All-in-One Heart Pill

The All-in-One Heart Pill

A Simple, Affordable Way to Save Millions

(p.109) 5 The All-in-One Heart Pill
Fourteen Points for the Twenty-First Century
Eric G. Bing
University Press of Kentucky

This chapter introduces the benefits, especially in medically underserved areas and developing countries, of a pill that combines medications shown to reduce heart attacks and strokes. Because this polypill is potentially more cost-effective and more likely to be taken regularly than current (insufficient) treatment regimens for treating cardiovascular disease among economically challenged communities, its development and distribution could significantly improve outcomes. The chapter provides examples of similar approaches to global health issues that have been successful. It concludes by encouraging the World Health Organization to approve the polypill, put advocates in place, and establish partnerships so that the pill can start saving lives.

Keywords:   polypill, cardiovascular disease, pharmaceutical firms, global health, HIV, partnership

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