Torcetrapib Trial Terminated

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  • 12/03/2006
From AP According to Pfizer spokesman Paul Fitzhenry, 82 patients taking the combination of torcetrapib died, compared to 51 deaths in the arm of the study where patients were taking Lipitor alone. Each arm of the study had 7,500 patients. Pfizer said that the study didn't raise any questions about Lipitor's safety.

Dr. Philip Barter, chairman of the steering committee overseeing the study, said in Pfizer's release that the findings of the data safety monitoring board Torcetrapib were a surprise "in light of prior study results."

We believed that the study was coming along as expected, and this new information was totally unexpected and disappointing, given the potential benefits of this drug," said Barter, Director of the Heart Research Institute in Australia.

Only three patients, all on the combo pill, stopped taking their medicine because of a blood pressure increase. However, a total of 14 patients stopped taking the combo pill for any reason, twice as many as on Lipitor alone..."

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