The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Policosanol: Another negative study result

    Healthcare is expensive, but there is nothing more expensive than paying for drugs that just don’t work.

    That appears to be the case with policosanol — at least for anyone living outside Cuba.

    Forty healthy adults with mildly high cholesterol blood levels were assigned to receive policosanol 20 mg or placebo once daily for 8 weeks.

    There were no changes in any of the laboratory values studied including LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, triglycerides, or C-reactive protein.

    The history of policosanol can be traced by clicking the “policosanol” link to the right.

    12/9/06 10:00 JR

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