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Editor's Correspondence
November 26, 2001

Appropriate Use of Statin Drugs

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(21):2626-2627. doi:

Aboorkie et al1 are to be commended for examining an important but understudied topic: the appropriate use of statin drugs in patients with lipid disorders but no history of coronary heart disease. Their finding that 69% of patients who are taking statin drugs for primary prevention do not meet National Cholesterol Education Panel Adult Treatment Panel II (ATP II) guidelines for appropriate use suggests that overuse of pharmacologic cholesterol-lowering therapy is common.

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