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When a statin doesn’t work

Editor’s note: Will this new understanding lead to more appropriate and constrained utilization of lipid lower drugs such as Lipitor? when there is question about efficacy will that impact prescribing patterns and reduce in appropriate use?

Study links form of lipoprotein to risk of heart attack
Lipoprotein (a), a form of cholesterol, appears to increase the risk of heart attack two- to threefold in people with the highest levels of the protein, Danish researchers reported. People have little control over the protein, and some patients do not respond to cholesterol-lowering drugs, or statins, because those on the market work by lowering low-density lipoprotein. The study’s lead author said he hopes the findings will encourage drug companies to develop medicines that target lipoprotein (a). Reuters

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June 10, 2009 - Posted by | Accountability, Chronic conditions, Cost, Health care delivery | , , , , , ,

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