The polypill: Improving treatment for heart attack sufferers.

The polypill: Improving treatment for heart attack sufferers.

August 15, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


Before my heart attack, I thought I was very healthy for my age. I was busy,
I had recently stopped work, and I was very, very rarely sick. The day of the heart attack,
I had a lot of pain down my chest, and when I was in the hospital when I returned to Sydney
to have the five bypasses done, they said at the time
of booking me in that I was known as
the 45-million-to-1 man to live through what had happened. This is the box
that I keep my pills in. In the morning, I take these three. So… And then in the evening I take these…these three. And that’s every day,
seven days a week, for the rest of my life. Cardiovascular disease
is a major global problem. We know that it’s
the commonest cause of death, for women and men, in Australia. There is an international need,
in fact, in many countries, the situation is much worse
than that in Australia. So, for example, in China or India
or Indonesia, if you’ve had a heart attack
or a stroke, you’re likely to be getting
no treatment at all. And one of the tragedies
is that people, even if they know
that they’re at increased risk or they’ve already had
a heart attack or stroke, then they either are not prescribed
or are unable to afford or don’t regularly take
their medications to help prevent further strokes
or heart attacks. Today, Bupa and the George Institute are announcing
a joint venture partnership to launch a polypill,
which is a medication, in this case, targeted at people
with established heart disease or cerebrovascular disease, a disease of the arteries
to the brain, to make it easier for them
to take their pills properly. This is one particular type
of polypill, but typically a polypill
has three or four, sometimes even more,
medications in a single capsule. The polypill should be available on
the market in Australia and the UK within about a four-year period. This medication means
that it’s easier for those people to take their pills properly. Almost one in two Australians
with established cardiovascular disease don’t take their pills properly, and we know from the research this makes it much easier
for them to do that. I take three tablets in the morning,
three tablets in the evening. If that could be reduced down
to one tablet, you’d only have to do it once. I mean, it doesn’t sound much
if you’re not on medication, but when you are on medication
it just makes it more convenient. Yeah, a lot more convenient.