Most fast food meals come with french fries and a large soda.  Some even offer a host of condiment options, from your standard ketchup and mustard to the more exotic sweet-and-sour sauce. But if one scientist had his druthers, value meal combos would provide an additional side order — statins, a cholesterol-reducing, prescription drug.

I wish this were one of those funny, April Fools' Day-type posts, but unfortunately, I'm as serious as the heart attack statins work to prevent. Darrel Francis, a researcher, wrote an article that advocated for fast food restaurants offering cholesterol-reducing drugs with meals. Francis said that statins like Lipitor reduce the risk of a heart attack by the same amount that a cheeseburger and milkshake increase it. In essence, pop a little pill with that value meal and voila, your health remains intact.

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1,457 hits 2.7 (3 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 11 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think it would be a good idea for fast food restaurants to hand out Lipitor (or other cholesterol-lowering drugs) with their meals?
Most fast food meals come with french fries and a large soda. Some even offer a host of condiment options, from your standard ketchup and mustard to the more exotic sweet-and-sour sauce. But if one scientist had his druthers, value meal combos would provide an additional side order — statins, a cholesterol-reducing, prescription drug.

I wish this were one of those funny, April Fools' Day-type posts, but unfortunately, I'm as serious as the heart attack statins work to prevent. Darrel Francis, a researcher, wrote an article that advocated for fast food restaurants offering cholesterol-reducing drugs with meals. Francis said that statins like Lipitor reduce the risk of a heart attack by the same amount that a cheeseburger and milkshake increase it. In essence, pop a little pill with that value meal and voila, your health remains intact.

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11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 8/16/10 - 11:12:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
no, if you get a heart attack from eating too much fast food it's your f*cking fault
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 2:07:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 8/16/10 - 11:12:52 PM mysocks wrote:
no, if you get a heart attack from eating too much fast food it's your f*cking fault

I would agree with that.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 2:14:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
The lawsuits from adverse reactions would be tremendous. You can't just hand out prescription drugs to random people without knowing their medical histories, allergies, etc.

Just silly.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/18/10 - 2:24:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, but maybe doctors and patients-rights advocates could reach some kind of consensus that allows for cholesterol-reducing drugs to be more commonly prescribed.
I'm a believer in personal responsibility, and if this doctor wants to be taken seriously for any kind of research or advocacy he has done, he needs to begin to place the burden of responsibility with the consumer, not the corporation.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/18/10 - 4:56:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, no, and no. What if they have some sort of serious allergy to it that the person ordering doesn't even know about? Then the person would end up worse off than they were before! =/
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/18/10 - 11:52:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
They're not a pharmacy so no.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/18/10 - 6:12:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 8/17/10 - 2:14:39 AM Mispelled wrote:
The lawsuits from adverse reactions would be tremendous. You can't just hand out prescription drugs to random people without knowing their medical histories, allergies, etc. Just silly.


That's what I was thinking - that's also why I can't believe it's a real consideration but sounds like it is!
11 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 9/26/10 - 4:45:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
This is just too strange a concept...

Fast Food Pharmacy: Pop a Pill With Your Big Mac
11 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/17/11 - 4:39:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 8/16/10 - 11:12:52 PM mysocks wrote:
no, if you get a heart attack from eating too much fast food it's your f*cking fault

9 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/13/13 - 4:15:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. For the reason Mispelled gave.

Taking just one pill isn't going to do anything, anyway. It takes time for those meds to begin to work and then the patient has to be monitored via bloodtests. And people like me cannot even take those meds so I use fish oil. It works.



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