A new single daily pill which could protect people against heart attacks and strokes is being under test. Testing is carried out by London's Wolfson Institute team, who will offer it to 100 patients for 12 weeks.
The all-in-one 'polypill' is a combination of a range of medicines to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure instead of patients having to take several tablets, reports the Daily Express.
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The idea was first suggested in 2003 when scientists said its widespread use "would have a greater impact on the prevention of disease in the western world than any other single intervention."
If the latest trial turns out to be successful, the pill could be offered on prescription for the over 50s within two years.