Statins questioned for elderly, terminally ill

The widespread use of statins among elderly and terminally ill cancer patients has been described as futile and a potential target for ‘deprescribing’ initiatives.

A review of medication use in patients at a medical oncology outpatient clinic in SA found that about 40% were taking statins, including substantial numbers of patients receiving palliative care or aged over 80.

The study of 385 patients showed that about half of statin users were terminally ill,

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