A small study of patients who do not pick up new prescriptions for statin drugs that lower cholesterol levels reveals large numbers of them have multiple concerns about the drugs and need more education at the time of prescribing.
Researchers in Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California region called nearly 100 members who did not fill their initial statin prescription. Sixty-three percent had general concerns about the medication, the same percentage wanted to try lifestyle modifications instead of medicines, and 53 percent feared side effects, according to results in the American Journal of Managed Care.
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