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Fourteen Points for the Twenty-First CenturyA Renewed Appeal for Cooperative Internationalism$
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Richard H. Immerman and Jeffrey A. Engel

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813179001

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813179001.001.0001

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The All-in-One Heart Pill

The All-in-One Heart Pill

A Simple, Affordable Way to Save Millions

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

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813179001.003.0006

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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