Lawmakers demand study data on Vytorin cancer risk

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A congressional committee is giving the two makers of the cholesterol drug Vytorin two weeks to produce extensive data on a clinical study indicating the drug might increase the risk of cancer.

The FDA says it expects a final report in about three months, and would need another six months to fully evaluate the information. It also says patients should not stop taking Vytorin or other cholesterol drugs in the meantime.

But two Democratic congressmen are demanding information on all financial and other ties between Merck and Schering-Plough and British scientists who are running another study of the controversial drug.

The companies, which have a lucrative joint venture selling cholesterol drugs, say they've received the congressmen's letter and "are cooperating fully with the committee."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 27244959 -
Gray Television, Inc.