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Statement of Robert Jarvik, MD, President and CEO of Jarvik Heart, Inc. Regarding the Lipitor DTC Advertisements
Date:2/26/2008

rom these advances, have little understanding of how difficult it is to create an important new medical therapy and make it available to improve public health. I appreciate that difficulty, and praise Pfizer for the immeasurable good they have done for all of us, through talent, persistence, and hard work.

The FDA is also working for the public good, shouldering a great responsibility, to oversee top quality science sufficient to assure safe and effective medications. It is not humanly possible to foresee all potential side effects, and it is all too easy to criticize the FDA in retrospect. Once the FDA completes the scientific study of a new drug, and approves it through a rigorous scientific review process, then we know that the benefits outweigh the risks, unless unexpected problems emerge later. Lipitor is a medication where the benefits outweigh the risks in the patients for whom it is prescribed; and Lipitor remains a foundation of preventive medicine for our nation's number one killer.


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