alexa Suboptimal choices and dosing of statins at start of therapy.
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Journal of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

Author(s): MantelTeeuwisse AK, Klungel OH, Schalekamp T, Verschuren WM, Porsius AJ,

Abstract Share this page

Abstract AIM: To assess dosing and determinants of the choice of statins among starters of statins. METHODS: Data were obtained from the PHARMO database comprising pharmacy and linked hospital discharge records of approximately 300 000 subjects in the Netherlands. All new users of statins in 1998 were selected. Patient characteristics and drug regimens were compared between starters of different statins. Odds ratios (OR) and 95\% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated using polytomous logistic regression modelling, using the start of simvastatin therapy as reference category. RESULTS: In 1998, 1738 patients started using simvastatin (41.1\%), pravastatin (23.1\%), fluvastatin (11.9\%), atorvastatin (22.8\%) or cerivastatin (1.0\%). Compared with starters with simvastatin [mean dose 1.02 +/- 0.39 defined daily doses (DDDs)], starters with pravastatin (1.27 +/- 0.56 DDDs) and atorvastatin (1.43 +/- 0.59 DDDs) received higher doses (P < 0.001), whereas users of fluvastatin (0.78 +/- 0.37 DDDs) and cerivastatin (0.81 +/- 0.30 DDDs) received lower doses (P < 0.001). Patients already using CYP3A4 inhibitors more frequently received fluvastatin (OR = 1.80; 95\% CI 1.11, 2.94), metabolized by non-CYP3A4 pathways, and atorvastatin (OR = 1.62; 95\% CI 1.06, 2.47), which is metabolized by CYP3A4, than simvastatin. Statin doses were not adjusted when prescribed to patients using CYP3A4 inhibitors. CONCLUSIONS: Many patients starting statin therapy did not receive a statin of first choice. The coadministration of potentially interacting drugs may have led to a change in statin choice, but not in dosage lowering. These findings suggest that the quality of statin therapy could be improved.
This article was published in Br J Clin Pharmacol and referenced in Journal of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri, Food, Aqua and Veterinary Science Journals

Dr. Krish

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Clinical and Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals

Ronald

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katie Wilson

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science and Health care Journals

Andrea Jason

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics and Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Informatics Journals

Stephanie Skinner

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Material Sciences Journals

Rachle Green

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Mathematics and Physics Journals

Jim Willison

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

John Behannon

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

 
© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords