Cheap, a daily pill that combines four drugs, was first tested in the United States to determine if it works as well among low-income Americans as it does in other countries.  Results published Wednesday suggest that a combination pill can lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol. According to experts, the study may attract interest in a strategy that is considered useful only in places with limited access to care.
Polypil contains three medicines for blood pressure and one medication for cholesterol. The study does not measure heart attacks or strokes. But after one year, patients taking polypyl had their blood pressure and bad cholesterol lower than other patients who continued with their usual care.