Heart disease patients more apt to take one combined pill than many

People stayed on top of their medications better with a 'polypill'

By Nathan Seppa, 16:43 PM September 3, 2013

A single pill that combines medicines to tone down blood pressure, cholesterol and blood clotting improves the likelihood that patients will take their meds. The “polypill” might boost the health of people who otherwise might skip taking pills, researchers report in the Sept. 4 JAMA.

For patients who must manage a bagful of heart meds, the polypill sounds great. But the concept had previously undergone only limited testing. In the study, 2,004 people in Europe and India who had heart diseas...

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