While most of the news stories following the release of the JUPITER study were serious –- some for and others against –- a few people found considerable humor in the study’s conclusion that many more people might benefit from taking statins, and in particular, Crestor. (See “Statins (Crestor) for Everyone? Or Could Diet and Nutritional Supplements Do the Job Better?")
Some of the people who added to the discussion with HUMOR:
A very funny video covering several medical stories –- including the JUPITER/Crestor study -– with great wit. Colbert calls the study “a great breakthrough in the battle to find things prescribe to people who don’t need them.” His response to a doctor, critical of the study, who advises “a cautious approach” to prescribing statins preventatively: “Someone hasn’t gotten enough free Crestor pens!” And Colbert says that the cost of prescribing Crestor ($100 a month) is a “small price to pay to not have the heart attack that there’s no way of knowing if you would have had.” A delightful spoof.
2) The Happy Hospitalist gives a solution, as well -- part of which is:
I have a solution:
• All Americans will now get Crestor to reduce their CRP to reduce their chances of developing heart disease.
• All Americans Will now get lisinopril to prevent the proteinuria they will get from their diabetes they get from Crestor
• All Americans will now take metformin to treat the diabetes they developed while taking Crestor