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Accumulating Evidence for Statins in Primary Prevention

Jennifer G. Robinson, MD, MPH1,2,3
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1Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City
2Department of Medicine, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City
3Prevention Intervention Center, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City
JAMA. 2013;310(22):2405-2406. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281355.
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Many voices in the public and the medical community argue strongly against the widespread use of statins for the primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Critics give several reasons to avoid statin therapy, including concerns about adverse effects, lack of a total mortality benefit, cost, and a philosophical aversion to drug therapy. However, the passage of time has allowed sufficient evidence to accumulate to refute each of these concerns.

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