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Aspirin Therapy Woefully Underused in Diabetes

KEY POINT

Nearly every adult American with diabetes should be taking daily doses of aspirin, but a national survey indicates that only 20% were doing so in the early 1990s. While experts differ as to whether those doses should be 81 mg or 325 mg, pharmacists should be reinforcing the importance of this intervention.

SOURCES

Rolka DB et al. Aspirin use among adults with diabetes: estimates from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Diabetes Care. 2001;24:197–201.

Colwell JA. Aspirin therapy in diabetes is underutilized [editorial]. Diabetes Care. 2001;24:195.

American Diabetes Association. Aspirin therapy in diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2001;24(suppl 1):S62–3.