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Nearly All Diabetics Should Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: Experts

Posted 23 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 – New guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) call for giving the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins to all people with diabetes to help prevent heart disease. These new standards bring the association in line with the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, which also recommend giving low- or high-dose statins to all people at risk for heart disease, including people with diabetes. "We agree that the decision to start a statin should be based on a patient's risk," said Dr. Richard Grant, a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research and chairman of the ADA's professional practice committee. "It turns out that patients with diabetes have the same risk as people with heart disease, so all of our patients need to be on statins," he said. However, Grant said some people with diabetes may not need ... Read more

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Number of Americans Taking Statins Keeps Rising: CDC

Posted 23 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 – More Americans than ever are taking cholesterol-lowering medications, federal health officials reported Tuesday. The percentage of adults aged 40 and older taking drugs that combat high cholesterol rose from 20 percent to 28 percent between 2003 and 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Moreover, the use of statins increased from 18 percent to 26 percent, making them most commonly used cholesterol-lowering drugs. By 2011-12, 93 percent of adults using a cholesterol-lowering medication used a statin. The CDC researchers said they couldn't speculate on the reasons for the increase. But one cardiologist pointed out that statins have been shown to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death in men and women at risk for heart disease and stroke. And "heart disease and stroke remain the leading cause of illness and ... Read more

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Certain Antibiotic/Statin Combos May Be Unsafe Mix: Study

Posted 22 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 – Seniors who take the antibiotic Biaxin (clarithromycin) along with certain types of cholesterol-lowering statins are at risk for drug interaction side effects that can lead to hospitalization or even death, a new study suggests. "Physicians need to be made aware of this newly described dangerous interaction and consider alternative antibiotics to prevent toxicity that could be life-threatening," said expert Dr. Kevin Marzo, chief of cardiology at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. He was not involved in the new study, which appears in the Dec. 22 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. According to the study authors, more than 1 billion people worldwide are now estimated to use statins. They added that while drug-drug interactions are uncommon, some types of medications can affect the way a statin is metabolized in the body. Because they ... Read more

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Daily Statin Might Raise Your Risk for Cataracts: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 – Taking a statin to lower your cholesterol may raise your risk of developing cataracts, Canadian researchers report. While statins such as Zocor, Crestor and Lipitor protect many people from heart attack and stroke, they may raise the odds of developing the vision problem by 27 percent, the researchers report. But the risk of developing cataracts – a clouding of the lens of the eye – is insignificant compared with the benefits of these drugs, said lead researcher Dr. G.B. John Mancini. "The benefits of statins are far outweighed by any small risk for cataract surgery," said Mancini, a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. "However, the indication for statin use should be solid from the outset and fully understood by patients," he added. Mancini said this study can't prove that statins cause cataracts. "Careful observations in ... Read more

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Statins Won't Help Protect Bones, Study Finds

Posted 1 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 – The cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins have been touted by some as capable of reducing the risk for broken bones. But, it appears that's not the case, a new study finds. In the study, almost 18,000 older adults were selected to take either the statin Crestor (rosuvastatin) or an inactive placebo. Of the 431 fractures during the study, 221 were among those taking Crestor and 210 were among people taking the placebo, the researchers found. "Our study does not support the use of statin drugs in the doses used for heart disease for the prevention of bone fractures," said lead researcher Dr. Jessica Pena, an assistant professor of cardiology at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Earlier studies have suggested that statins used to treat heart disease may also reduce the risk of fracture, and researchers have ... Read more

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Most Seniors Could Use Statins Under New Guidelines

Posted 24 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 – Most older Americans qualify for treatment with cholesterol-lowering statins under new guidelines intended to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, a new study shows. Guidelines for the treatment of blood cholesterol released late last year by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association target people most likely to benefit from taking statins such as Zocor (simvastatin) and Crestor (rosuvastatin). The new study of more than 6,000 black and white Americans aged 66 to 90 found that 70 percent were eligible for statin therapy, including 97 percent of those aged 66 to 75 and all of the men. The findings appear in a research letter published Nov. 24 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. "The guidelines are a significant change from prior guidelines that relied heavily on levels of bad cholesterol to determine who to treat," letter ... Read more

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Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Help After Certain Strokes

Posted 23 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 – People using cholesterol-lowering drugs while in the hospital for a hemorrhagic stroke – which causes bleeding in the brain – were more than four times more likely to survive than people who weren't taking the drugs, according to a new study. People taking the commonly used drugs known as statins were also 2.5 times more likely to be discharged home or to a rehabilitation facility, the study reports. When it comes to the best treatment for hemorrhagic stroke, there hasn't been a standard treatment recommendation, according to the study's lead author, Dr. Alexander Flint, the medical director of neuroscience quality at Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City, Calif. Now, he said, physicians should know that taking patients off statin treatment in the hospital "may carry a risk of substantially worse outcome." The findings from this study aren't considered ... Read more

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Older Patients More Likely to Fill Prescriptions for Generic Statins: Study

Posted 15 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 – Patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to fill their prescriptions and gain health benefits if the medications are cheaper generic brands, new research suggests. At issue are the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. Well-known brands include Crestor, Zocor and Lipitor. Generic statins are also available. The drugs are designed to lower the risk of heart problems due to clogged arteries. About half of patients on statins stop taking them within the first year, explained study lead author Joshua Gagne, an assistant professor of medicine with Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Statins are among the most "notorious" medications in terms of low adherence – patients actually taking them when they're prescribed, said Dr. Orli Etingin, a professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College-New ... Read more

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Heart Attack Patients Face Greater Death Risk if Any Treatment Step Missed: Study

Posted 15 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 – People who've had a heart attack are at greater risk of death if even one of nine critical steps in their treatment is missed, according to a new study. Researchers in the United Kingdom noted patients who missed a part of their treatment early on, such as an electrocardiogram within hours of developing symptoms, were more likely to miss other steps in their care later on. The researchers added, however, that outcomes among heart attack patients can be improved if all nine steps critical to their care are followed. "The tragedy of all this is that these deaths are avoidable," study leader Dr. Chris Gale, of the University of Leeds School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "There is a clear relationship between the ability to provide comprehensive and timely care, and treatment and improved chance of heart attack survival." The researchers ... Read more

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Statins May Help Prevent Diabetes-Related Nerve Damage, Study Finds

Posted 10 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 – Cholesterol-busting statins may also help prevent common and serious diabetes complications, a new study indicates. Although the drugs are known to lower the risk for heart attack and stroke among those with type 2 diabetes, Danish researchers report statins may also help protect against diabetes-related damage to small blood vessels in the body that can lead to blindness and amputations. The scientists noted that the results in the new research were unexpected. "Since high levels of blood glucose, the hallmark of diabetes, are linked with microvascular disease, and since statins are suspected of raising glucose levels, we tested the hypothesis that individuals taking a statin before a diagnosis of diabetes might be at increased risk of developing microvascular complications," study author Borge Nordestgaard, chief physician in clinical biochemistry at ... Read more

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Statins May Help Kids With Genetic Cholesterol Disorder

Posted 9 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 – Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs seem to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in children who have a genetic cholesterol disorder, according to a long-term European study. Researchers looked at 194 children and teens in the Netherlands with familial hypercholesterolemia, which puts people at risk for premature hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). The inherited disorder affects about one in 500 people. The youngsters were prescribed the statin drug pravastatin and followed for 10 years. The results showed that taking the drug prevented premature atherosclerosis, according to the research, which was done by Dr. D. Meeike Kusters, of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, and colleagues. The younger the age of those who start taking the drug, the better, noted the study, published in the Sept. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical ... Read more

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Statins May Aid Survival From Colon Cancer

Posted 4 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 – Statins, the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs, may also boost colorectal cancer survival, according to a new U.K. study. Early research has found that, overall, colon cancer patients who took statins such as Lipitor and Zocor had a 29 percent lower risk of dying from the cancer compared to non-users. Taking the drugs longer than a year reduced the risk even more, said Chris Cardwell, of Queen's University Belfast, who conducted the study. As good as that news may sound for the 136,000 Americans diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer each year, Cardwell offered a caveat. "These are preliminary research findings which need to be confirmed in other observational studies," he said. And after that, randomized trials – in which patients don't know if they're getting a drug or an inactive placebo – are necessary. "Only after randomized controlled trials could any ... Read more

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Cholesterol Drugs May Speed Healing After Surgery

Posted 31 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 – Recovery time after surgery may be reduced for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to a new study. The study's Irish researchers suspect that the drugs may affect the body's inflammatory response, reducing the amount of time surgical patients' wounds need to heal. And that seemed to be particularly true among people who tend to have healing complications. "Statins have become one of the most widely prescribed medications in the world. While they are typically used to manage high cholesterol levels, a number of researchers have been investigating the benefits of statins in other conditions, such as severe infections or following organ transplantation," said the study's lead author, Dr. Gerard Fitzmaurice, from Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, in a news release from the Society for Thoracic Surgeons. ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Red Yeast Rice by Doctor’s Best: Recall - Undeclared Lovastatin

Posted 24 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Doctor’s Best is voluntarily recalling lot 3121005 (7379 bottles) of Red Yeast Rice dietary supplement, 600 mg Capsules, 120-count bottles to the retail level. Doctor’s Best Red Yeast Rice has been found to contain undeclared lovastatin, a previously approved drug indicated for the treatment of high cholesterol, making this an unapproved new drug. Consumers who use supplements found to contain lovastatin in rare cases could result in serious muscle injury; particularly if taking with prescription “statins” such as lovastatin, simvastatin, or atorvastatin. Pregnant women could theoretically put their unborn child at risk by using this product with undeclared lovastatin. Patients with pre-existing liver disease may be at an increase risk for liver injury following chronic use of statins. BACKGROUND:  Doctor’s Best Red Yeast Rice was distributed nationwide through retail and internet ... Read more

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People With Heart Disease, Diabetes May Be More Likely to Stay on Statins

Posted 23 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 – People who have heart disease or diabetes, the overweight or obese and former smokers are most likely to keep taking cholesterol-lowering statins, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that as many 46 percent of patients who are prescribed statins stop taking them. Nearly one in 10 cardiovascular events are linked to failure to take prescribed drugs, according to background information in the study. Researchers looked at a group of people from Finland who began taking statins between 1998 and 2010. The people most likely to stop taking statins were women, single people and those aged 24 to 50. People without heart disease or diabetes were less likely to continue taking statins than those with the conditions. Among patients without heart disease or diabetes, those who were most likely to continue taking statins were overweight/obese or former smokers. ... Read more

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