Potent statins linked to kidney damage

Renal function should be checked twice when starting patients on high-potency statins, an expert says, in the wake of a large study linking the drugs to acute kidney damage.

Data from over two million adults showed those started on high-potency statins were 34% more likely than those on low-potency alternatives to be hospitalised for acute kidney injury within the following four months.

High-potency statin therapy was defined as any dose of rosuvastatin, at least 20mg of

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