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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318053/statins-decrease-the-risk-of-decompensation-in-hbv-and-hcv-related-cirrhosis-a-population-based-study
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Fu-Ming Chang, Yen-Po Wang, Hui-Chu Lang, Chia-Fen Tsai, Ming-Chih Hou, Fa-Yauh Lee, Ching-Liang Lu
BACKGROUND & AIM: Statin decreased the risk of decompensation and mortality in veteran patients with cirrhosis due to hepatitis C virus (HCV). Whether this beneficial effect can be extended to cirrhosis in general population or cirrhosis with other causes, such as hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and alcohol, remains unknown. Statin also decreased the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic HBV and HCV infection. It is unclear whether the effect can be observed in patients already with cirrhosis...
March 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249009/current-use-of-statins-reduces-risk-of-hiv-rebound-on-suppressive-haart
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Henning Drechsler, Colby Ayers, James Cutrell, Naim Maalouf, Pablo Tebas, Roger Bedimo
BACKGROUND: Despite compelling evidence for activity against HIV-1 in vitro, a virologic effect of statins has not been shown in clinical studies. Given their short plasma half-lives, such an effect may be transient and only apparent during ongoing exposure. METHODS: We studied all HIV infected US-Veterans who started HAART 1995-2011, had a documented HIV viral load (VL) >1000 copies/mL, reached an undetectable VL on HAART, and had ≥1 follow-up VL within 13 months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230447/effect-of-medicaid-policy-changes-on-medication-adherence-differences-by-baseline-adherence
#3
Krutika Amin, Joel F Farley, Matthew L Maciejewski, Marisa E Domino
BACKGROUND: In 2001, the North Carolina (NC) Medicaid program reduced the number of days prescription supply that enrollees could fill from 100 days to 34 days and increased copayments for brand-name medications. Previous work has shown that a change in these policies led to a decrease in medication adherence from 2.9 to 8.0 percentage points in specific populations with chronic conditions. Studies have also shown that days supply limits and copayment increases have heterogeneous effects based on enrollees' baseline characteristics, including baseline adherence...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069650/evidence-to-support-continuation-of-statin-therapy-in-patients-with-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia
#4
Aisling R Caffrey, Tristan T Timbrook, Eunsun Noh, George Sakoulas, Steven M Opal, Victor Nizet, Kerry L LaPlante
In addition to cholesterol-lowering capabilities, statins possess anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. We sought to quantify the real-world impact of different statin exposure patterns on clinical outcomes in Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. We conducted a retrospective cohort study among hospitalized patients with positive S. aureus blood cultures receiving appropriate antibiotics within 48 h of culture collection (Veterans Affairs hospitals, 2002 to 2013). Three statin exposure groups were compared to nonusers: pretreated statin users initiating therapy in the 30 days prior to culture and either (i) continuing statin therapy after culture or (ii) not continuing after culture, and (iii) de novo users initiating at culture...
March 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992624/association-of-perioperative-statin-use-with-mortality-and-morbidity-after-major-noncardiac-surgery
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Martin J London, Gregory G Schwartz, Kwan Hur, William G Henderson
Importance: The efficacy of statins in reducing perioperative cardiovascular and other organ system complications in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery remains controversial. Owing to a paucity of randomized clinical trials, analyses of large databases may facilitate informed hypothesis generation and more efficient trial design. Objective: To evaluate associations of early perioperative statin use with outcomes in a national cohort of veterans undergoing noncardiac surgery...
February 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939239/reduced-cardiovascular-disease-incidence-with-a-national-lifestyle-change-program
#6
Sandra L Jackson, Sandra Safo, Lisa R Staimez, Qi Long, Mary K Rhee, Solveig A Cunningham, Darin E Olson, Anne M Tomolo, Usha Ramakrishnan, K M Venkat Narayan, Lawrence S Phillips
INTRODUCTION: Lifestyle change programs implemented within healthcare systems could reach many Americans, but their impact on cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains unclear. The MOVE! program is the largest lifestyle change program implemented in a healthcare setting in the U.S. This study aimed to determine whether MOVE! participation was associated with reduced CVD incidence. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study, analyzed in 2013-2015, used national Veterans Health Administration databases to identify MOVE! participants and eligible non-participants for comparison (2005-2012)...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914506/use-of-high-intensity-statins-for-patients-with-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-in-the-veterans-affairs-health-system-practice-impact-of-the-new-cholesterol-guidelines
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Fatima Rodriguez, Shoutzu Lin, David J Maron, Joshua W Knowles, Salim S Virani, Paul A Heidenreich
BACKGROUND: The November 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association cholesterol guidelines recommend the use of high-intensity statins for patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). We sought to determine how these guidelines are being adopted at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Health System and identify treatment gaps. METHODS: We examined administrative data from the VA 12 months prior to the index dates of April 1, 2013, and after April 1, 2014, to identify patients ≤75 years of age with ≥2 codes for ASCVD...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864237/effect-of-selected-clinical-trial-publication-on-adjunctive-nonstatin-medication-prescribing-in-the-veterans-health-administration-system
#8
Krystal S Titus-Rains, Matthew A Cantrell, Jason A Egge, Bruce Alexander, Robert F Shaw, Tami R Argo
PURPOSE: The question of whether publication of selected clinical trials is temporally followed by changes in prescribing of adjunctive lipid-lowering medications was evaluated. METHODS: In this retrospective preanalysis and postanalysis, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patients 18 years or older who received a new or renewed order for any lipid-lowering medication between April 2, 2004, and September 2, 2014, were included. This period was chosen based on the publication dates of three trials investigating the efficacy of nonstatin medications: Simvastatin with or without Ezetimibe in Familial Hypercholesterolemia (ENHANCE, April 3, 2008), Effects of Combination Lipid Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (ACCORD Lipid, March 14, 2010), and Niacin in Patients with Low HDL Cholesterol Levels Receiving Intensive Statin Therapy (AIM-HIGH, December 15, 2011)...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862587/are-non-allergic-drug-reactions-commonly-documented-as-medication-allergies-a-national-cohort-of-veterans-admissions-from-2000-to-2014
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Kevin W McConeghy, Aisling R Caffrey, Haley J Morrill, Amal N Trivedi, Kerry L LaPlante
PURPOSE: Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) including medication allergies are not well-described among large national cohorts. This study described the most common documented medication allergies and their reactions among a national cohort of Veterans Affairs (VA) inpatients. METHODS: We evaluated inpatient admissions in any VA Medical Center from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2014. Each admission was linked with allergy history preceding or upon admission. Individual drugs were aggregated into drug class category including: penicillins, sulfonamides, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, opiates, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors ("statins") and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory inhibitors (NSAID)...
November 13, 2016: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829091/association-between-intensity-of-statin-therapy-and-mortality-in-patients-with-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease
#10
Fatima Rodriguez, David J Maron, Joshua W Knowles, Salim S Virani, Shoutzu Lin, Paul A Heidenreich
Importance: High-intensity statin therapy is recommended for the secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Nevertheless, statin therapy in general, and high-intensity statin therapy in particular, is underused in patients with established ASCVD. Objective: To determine the association between all-cause mortality and intensity of statin therapy in the Veterans Affairs health care system. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective cohort analysis was conducted of patients aged 21 to 84 years with ASCVD treated in the Veterans Affairs health care system from April 1, 2013, to April 1, 2014...
January 1, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823696/comparative-effectiveness-of-outpatient-cardiovascular-disease-and-diabetes-care-delivery-between-advanced-practice-providers-and-physician-providers-in-primary-care-implications-for-care-under-the-affordable-care-act
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Salim S Virani, Julia M Akeroyd, David J Ramsey, Winston J Chan, Lorraine Frazier, Khurram Nasir, Suja S Rajan, Christie M Ballantyne, Laura A Petersen
BACKGROUND: The objective was to compare quality of diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) care between advanced practice providers (APPs) and physicians in a primary care setting. METHODS: We identified diabetes (n=1,022,588) and CVD (n=1,187,035) patients receiving primary care between October 2013 and September 2014 in 130 Veterans Affairs facilities. We compared glycemic control (hemoglobin A1c <7%) in diabetic patients, blood pressure (BP) <140/90 mmHg in diabetic or CVD patients, cholesterol control (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol<100 mg/dL, receiving a statin) in diabetic or CVD patients, and those receiving a β-blocker (with history of myocardial infarction in the last 2 years) among patients receiving care from physicians and APPs...
November 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798247/rechallenging-statin-therapy-in-veterans-with-statin-induced-myopathy-post-vitamin-d-replenishment
#12
Jenny H Kang, Quynh-Nhu Nguyen, Juleann Mutka, Quang A Le
BACKGROUND: Statins are the primary class of medications used to lower cholesterol and reduce risks for coronary heart disease. However, statin muscular adverse effects are one of the main reasons for statin nonadherence and a barrier to cardiovascular risk reduction. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of our study was to examine the effect of replenishing vitamin D on statin-induced myopathy in veteran patients who failed to maintain statin therapy in a pharmacist-run ambulatory care setting...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753678/statin-drugs-decrease-progression-to-cirrhosis-in-hiv-hepatitis-c-virus-coinfected-individuals
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Nora T Oliver, Christine M Hartman, Jennifer R Kramer, Elizabeth Y Chiao
INTRODUCTION: Chronic HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfection carries increased risk of cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death. Due to anti-inflammatory properties, 3-hydroxy-3methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) inhibitors (statins) may be useful adjunctive therapy to reduce liver disease progression. METHODS: Clinical information was extracted from the Veterans Affairs HIV and HCV Clinical Case Registries (1999-2010). HIV-related variables included combination antiretroviral therapy era of diagnosis, CD4 cell count, and percentage time with undetectable HIV viral load...
October 23, 2016: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733953/predictors-of-calf-arterial-compliance-in-male-veterans-with-psychiatric-diagnoses
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Maju Mathew Koola, John D Sorkin, Molly Fargotstein, W Virgil Brown, Bruce Cuthbert, Jeffrey Hollis, Jeffrey K Raines, Erica J Duncan
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial compliance (PAC) is a measure of the ability of the vascular tree to dilate in response to a pressure wave. Reduced PAC is seen in patients with psychiatric diagnoses and has been associated with increased risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, and mortality. The objective of this pilot study was to identify predictors of reduced PAC in subjects with psychiatric diagnoses. METHODS: Male psychiatric subjects (N = 77) were studied in a cross-sectional study of medication effects on PAC conducted from August 2005 to February 2010...
2016: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27712783/refining-statin-prescribing-in-lower-risk-individuals-informing-risk-benefit-decisions
#15
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Ashley Pender, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Neil J Stone, Philip Greenland
Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, as well as those from the Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense and the Joint British Societies all recommended treating more people with statins than previous guidelines. In each guideline, the decision-making process began with an assessment of overall cardiovascular risk. Each group proposed updated treatment thresholds, and all of them lowered the threshold compared with earlier guidelines. Since release of these new guidelines in 2013 and 2014, additional evidence has emerged to suggest a rationale for extending statin consideration to an even larger proportion of asymptomatic adults-even those with a 10-year atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk below 7...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27646948/statins-are-associated-with-reduced-mortality-in-multiple-myeloma
#16
Kristen Marie Sanfilippo, Jesse Keller, Brian F Gage, Suhong Luo, Tzu-Fei Wang, Gerald Moskowitz, Jason Gumbel, Brandon Blue, Katiuscia O'Brian, Kenneth R Carson
PURPOSE: The 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) have activity in one of the pathways influenced by nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, which are associated with improved survival in multiple myeloma (MM). To understand the benefit of statins in MM, we evaluated the association between statin use and mortality in a large cohort of patients with MM. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From the Veterans Administration Central Cancer Registry, we identified patients diagnosed with MM between 1999 and 2013...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27612487/patient-and-partner-feedback-reports-to-improve-statin-medication-adherence-a-randomized-control-trial
#17
Ashok Reddy, Tiffany L Huseman, Anne Canamucio, Steven C Marcus, David A Asch, Kevin Volpp, Judith A Long
BACKGROUND: Simple nudges such as reminders and feedback reports to either a patient or a partner may facilitate improved medication adherence. OBJECTIVE: To test the impact of a pill bottle used to monitor adherence, deliver a daily alarm, and generate weekly medication adherence feedback reports on statin adherence. DESIGN: Three-month, three-arm randomized clinical trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02480530). PARTICIPANTS: One hundred and twenty-six veterans with known coronary artery disease and poor adherence (medication possession ratio <80 %)...
March 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27553104/risk-factor-optimization-and-guideline-directed-medical-therapy-in-us-veterans-with-peripheral-arterial-and-ischemic-cerebrovascular-disease-compared-to-veterans-with-coronary-heart-disease
#18
Ravi S Hira, Jennifer B Cowart, Julia M Akeroyd, David J Ramsey, Yashashwi Pokharel, Vijay Nambi, Hani Jneid, Anita Deswal, Ali Denktas, Addison Taylor, Khurram Nasir, Christie M Ballantyne, Laura A Petersen, Salim S Virani
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a systemic process involving multiple vascular beds and includes coronary heart disease (CHD), ischemic cerebrovascular disease (ICVD), and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). All these manifestations are associated with an increased risk of subsequent myocardial infarction, stroke, and death. Guideline-directed medical therapy is recommended for all patients with CVD. In a cohort of US veterans, we identified 1,242,015 patients with CVD receiving care in 130 Veterans Affairs facilities from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014...
October 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27490640/statin-drugs-decrease-progression-to-cirrhosis-in-hiv-hcv-co-infected-individuals
#19
Nora T Oliver, Christine M Hartman, Jennifer R Kramer, Elizabeth Y Chiao
INTRODUCTION: Chronic HIV/HCV co-infection carries increased risk of cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death. Due to anti-inflammatory properties, HMG co-A inhibitors (statins) may be useful adjunctive therapy to reduce liver disease progression. METHODS: Clinical information was extracted from the Veterans Affairs HIV and HCV Clinical Case Registries (1999 - 2010). HIV-related variables included combination anti-retroviral therapy (cART) era of diagnosis, CD4 cell count, and percent time with undetectable HIV viral load...
August 3, 2016: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27349906/the-effect-of-a-locally-adapted-secondary-stroke-risk-factor-self-management-program-on-medication-adherence-among-veterans-with-stroke-tia
#20
Teresa M Damush, Laura Myers, Jane A Anderson, Zhangsheng Yu, Susan Ofner, Gloria Nicholas, Barbara Kimmel, Arlene A Schmid, Thomas Kent, Linda S Williams
We targeted stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) survivors to engage in self-management practices to manage secondary stroke risk factors. We conducted a randomized, regional pilot trial of a locally adapted, secondary stroke prevention program. We implemented the program at two Veterans Administration Medical Centers. Program sessions targeted stroke risk factor self-management. Specifically, we evaluated the effect of the program on the reach, implementation, and effectiveness on patient self-efficacy; stroke-specific, health-related quality of life; and medication adherence for the prevalent stroke risk factors: (1) diabetes, (2) hypertension, and (3) hyperlipidemia...
September 2016: Translational Behavioral Medicine
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