Possible Association Between Vytorin, Zocor, and Zetia and an Increased Risk of Cancer

Use of the cholesterol drugs Zocor (Simvastatin), Zetia (Ezetimibe), and Vytorin (Simvastatin + Ezetimibe) may be associated with an increased risk of some types of cancer.

On August 21, 2008, the FDA posted an alert on its website, advising that early results from the Simvastatin and Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis (SEAS) clinical trial indicated not only that Vytorin appears to be ineffective in reducing overall cardiovascular risk, but that the drug may bring with it an increased risk of a variety of cancers, including skin cancer.

In typical fashion, the FDA’s communication, available at http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/early_comm/ezetimibe_simvastatin_SEAS.htm, follows the language alerting of the SEAS results with language equivocating as to the accuracy of the results, stating that other larger studies have shown no link between cholesterol-lowering drugs and cancer.

Although the FDA advises that consumers should not stop taking these drugs, it does not expect final SEAS results for another 3 months and will take an additional 6 months to review those results.

If your doctor has advised you that your ingestion of a cholesterol lowering drug may have contributed to any form of cancer that you have developed and you would like to consult with an attorney, please visit our website at http://www.pbmattorneys.com, or call us directly at (888) 348-6787.