Where is that Polypill when you need it? We should all be lacing them down with beakers of Polywater to ward off the advancing nasties but there doesn’t seem to be one pill to rule them all just yet. Feverish excitement about its imminent arrival breaks every season, just like promise of an England football renaissance but it still seems a pharma dream. One company trading as Polypill offers an online medication service….consisting of four pills! Sometime soon they say – next year say the men and women in white coats.
Which brings us to the main point – should we? A disease-busting bomb of a pill that can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, minimise strokes & heart attacks for the over-50s is laudable but, if it was over-the-counter, how many people would use it as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle? “A kebab, bottle of cola please. Oh, and while you’re at it, give us one of those Polypills will ya?” It could become the morning after pill for the binge the night before.
It is obviously aimed at prolonging life and saving the NHS money but could it also create some big problems all of its own?