- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) - Doctors are excited about an experimental drug that may offer a new way to fight heart disease.

The drug, called anacetrapib (an-uh-SEHT’-ruh-pihb), dramatically dropped bad cholesterol while boosting so-called good cholesterol to record levels. No safety problems were seen so far in tests of 1,600 people at high risk of heart disease.

The drug’s maker, Merck & Co., says it will launch a much larger study to see if these changes in cholesterol lead to fewer heart attacks and strokes.

Doctors discussed the research Wednesday at an American Heart Association conference in Chicago.

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