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Shift of statin use towards the elderly in 1995-2005: a nation-wide register study in Finland

Shift of statin use towards the elderly in 1995-2005: a nation-wide register study in Finland

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 66(3): 405-410

To describe nation-wide secular trends in statin use. Reimbursed prescriptions for lipid lowering drugs between 1995 and 2005 in Finland were retrieved from the nation-wide Prescription Register. The 1 year prevalence and incidence of statin use stratified by gender and age of users were measured for each calendar year. The relative changes (RR) in the incidence and the prevalence were calculated by using the year 1995 as a reference. The 1 year prevalence increased 11-fold (95% confidence interval 11.2, 11.5), i.e. from 7.8 per 1000 inhabitants in 1995 to 88.9 in 2005. The incidence increased five-fold (95% CI 4.9, 5.1) from 355 per 100 000 inhabitants to 1772 during the respective years. The prevalence and incidence were the highest among persons aged 65-74 years. The largest relative increase in incidence was found among those aged >/= 75 years, in both females (RR 14.1, 95% CI 13.0, 15.3) and males (RR 14.0, 95% CI 12.5, 15.7). Since 2002 the prevalence has been higher among females (P < 0.05). As statin use has increased particularly among the elderly, further studies on the benefits in real life situation are needed in this age group.

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Accession: 033375818

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PMID: 18782143

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2008.03258.x

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