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Medical News & Perspectives
April 12, 2000

Statins Help—If They're Used

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JAMA. 2000;283(14):1813. doi:10.1001/jama.283.14.1813-JMN0412-2-1

Anaheim, Calif—Statins save lives, but physicians are not optimizing their use, said researchers at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting here in March. Some investigators offered suggestions for improvement.

One report showed that for some physicians it may take until 2008, 14 years after publication of a 1994 landmark trial demonstrating the benefits of statins, before they incorporate use of such lipid-lowering agents into their clinical practices. But another presentation, offering a new and simple formula to help physicians determine whether a patient should undergo statin therapy, was aimed at decreasing this interval.

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