A Crestor Day

One of the weapons widely used to fight cholesterol might be more powerful than previously believed. Is there a trade here?

A new study concludes that AstraZeneca's cholesterol fighter Crestor slashed deaths, heart attacks, and strokes in healthy patients who took the drug as a preventative measure.

The impressive results have won the attention of doctors around the world with some now suggesting it could change the way we treat this disease.

"It's a landmark study. I think it's going to very much change the concept of primary prevention," Dr Christie Ballantyne of Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in Houston said in an interview.

In a first on CNBC interview AstraZeneca CEO David Brennan said the results should have a significant effect on sales.

And CNBC’s Mike Huckman thinks the results will have a substantial ripple effect, creating a significant impact on companies like Quest Diagnostics that perform the tests to determine cholesterol levels.

It’s unbelievably good news, adds Pete Najarain. AstraZeneca might be worth a look, but I’ve got my eye on Amgen because they have as many as 5 blockbuster drugs in the pipeline. Also I like Johnson & Johnson , Novartis and Myriad Genetics in the space.

Don’t forget Celegene, adds Guy Adami. They have no debt and a great balance sheet.

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