Statins and ACE inhibitors lower pneumonia risk
Statins and ACE inhibitors lower the risk of community-acquired pneumonia, UK researchers report.
A case-control study of data from 3,700 patients taken from 300 practices in The Health Improvement Network found a prescription for statins was associated with a significant 22% reduction in the risk of pneumonia, when compared with 22,000 matched controls.
A current prescription for an ACE inhibitor was associated with a 25% reduction in the risk of pneumonia, but prescriptions of proton pump inhibitors with a 55% increased risk.
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 2009 23 February early online publication