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Quarter of heart disease patients do not take any statins

By Nigel Praities

More than a quarter of heart disease patients do not take their statin medication, a study of general practice has found.

The audit, of 472 patients on the coronary heart disease register of a large GP practice in north-east England, found 29% did not take the statins prescribed to them and 23% missed doses.

The study – presented at the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester this month – found women and older patients were slightly more likely to take their medicines on schedule.

Dr Wasim Baqir, from The Village Green Surgery, Sunderland, said: ‘Simply prescribing a drug is not enough. Doctors and other members of the primary care team, need to work with patients so they understand the importance of taking their medicines in the right dose, at the right time.'

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