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Annual cost for Polypill £1.2 billion claims GP

Dr John Ashcroft believes the Polypill could extend the average lifespan by about 10 years.

In a response to an article in The Lancet earlier this year he priced the individual elements in the Polypill and worked out it would cost £1.2 billion to give it to all people over 55 in the UK.

Dr Ashcroft, a GP in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, and CHD lead at Erewash PCT, called on the Government to fund further research and not wait for drug companies.

'It's already affordable. Statins and other drugs are very cheap,' he said.

'I suspect by the time I am 55 we will probably have the Polypill or at least have the research to say whether it is practical or not,' he added. 'We know the drugs are safe and effective. But we do not do the research to maximise their potential.'

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