AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The hunt for new heart drugs is losing momentum as resources are switched to other areas, notably cancer research, where investors get a better bang for their buck.
Cardiologists fear the fight against heart disease could stall as a result, following major advances in recent decades marked by the advent of drugs to fight cholesterol, lower blood pressure and prevent dangerous blood clots.
The disparity between advances in cancer and heart medicines is already stark. Since the start of 2012, 17 new drugs been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for cancer compared with just three for heart disease.
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