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A Statin a Day: Adherence Key for Lipids Control

KEY POINT

Adherence to statin therapy by patients with diabetes and dyslipidemia is an important determinant of LDL cholesterol reduction and goal attainment. Pharmacists can play a critical role in educating and encouraging patients, as demonstrated in the Patient Self-Management Program for Diabetes developed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation.

SOURCES

Parris ES et al. Adherence to statin therapy and LDL cholesterol goal attainment by patients with diabetes and dyslipidemia. Diabetes Care. 2005;28;595–9.

Garrett DG, Bluml BM. Patient self-management program for diabetes: first-year clinical, humanistic, and economic outcomes. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2005;45:130–7.