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September 23, 1988

Cutting Into Cholesterol

Author Affiliations

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

JAMA. 1988;260(12):1718. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410120063026

To the Editor.—  In reference to the article entitled "Cutting Into Cholesterol: Cost-Effective Alternatives for Treating Hypercholesterolemia" in the April 15 issue,1 it seems to me that the authors are comparing apples and oranges in their comparison of anion-exchange resins with oat bran. None of the cholesterol-lowering agents have been compared with each other in terms of efficacy and, except for the anion-exchange resin agents and gemfibrozil, I have not seen proof of decreased morbidity or mortality.