6 facts on patients who stop taking statins

They're less likely to continue the therapy if it is prescribed by a GP, Aussie study shows

Almost half of over-65s prescribed statins stop taking the medication within a year, especially if the therapy has been initiated by a GP, an Australian study shows.

Adherence to statin medication is also inconsistent, with more than half the patients failing to take the drugs as expected, according to the research team from Monash University in Melbourne.

Their study assumes once-a-day dosing and looks at PBS data on 22,340 patients aged over 65 prescribed statins between 2014 and 2015.

“We … speculate that people initiated on statins by GPs may be at lower risk of CVD compared with those initiated by [a] specialist, which may explain their higher likelihood of non-adherence or discontinuation,” the study authors write in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

In other key findings:

  1. Overall, 55% of the cohort were non-adherent or