Zocor, manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc., is an FDA-approved prescription medication used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood. Zocor works by reducing levels of “bad” cholesterol while increasing the levels of “good” cholesterol in the blood. On June 8, 2011, the Food & Drug Administration issued a warning concerning an increased risk of muscle injury, or myopathy, for patients taking 80mg of Zocor daily. The most serious form of myopathy, called rhabdomyolysis, can damage the kidneys and lead to kidney failure which can be fatal. The FDA recommended that physicians not prescribe 80mg doses of Zocor to new patients. Merck & Co., Inc. was forced to change the Zocor label as a result of this warning.
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