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Type: Journal article
Title: Effectiveness of fixed dose combination medication ('polypills') compared with usual care in patients with cardiovascular disease or at high risk: A prospective, individual patient data meta-analysis of 3140 patients in six countries
Author: Webster, R.
Patel, A.
Selak, V.
Billot, L.
Bots, M.
Brown, A.
Bullen, C.
Cass, A.
Crengle, S.
Raina Elley, C.
Grobbee, D.
Neal, B.
Peiris, D.
Poulter, N.
Prabhakaran, D.
Rafter, N.
Stanton, A.
Stepien, S.
Thom, S.
Usherwood, T.
et al.
Citation: International Journal of Cardiology, 2016; 205:147-156
Publisher: Elsevier Ireland
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0167-5273
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Ruth Webster, Anushka Patel, Vanessa Selak, Laurent Billot, Michiel L. Bots, Alex Brown, Chris Bullen, Alan Cass, Sue Crengle, C. Raina Elley, Diederick E. Grobbee, Bruce Neal, David Peiris, Neil Poulter, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Natasha Rafter, Alice Stanton, Sandrine Stepien, Simon Thom, Tim Usherwood, Angela Wadham, Anthony Rodgers, on behalf of the SPACE Collaboration
Abstract: To conduct a prospective, individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials comparing a polypill-based approach with usual care in high risk individuals.Three trials comparing polypill-based care with usual care in individuals with CVD or high calculated cardiovascular risk contributed IPD. Primary outcomes were self-reported adherence to combination therapy (anti-platelet, statin and ≥ two blood pressure (BP) lowering agents), and difference in mean systolic BP (SBP) and LDL-cholesterol at 12 months. Analyses used random effects models. Among 3140 patients from Australia, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand and The Netherlands (75% male, mean age 62 years), median follow-up was 15 months. At baseline, 84%, 87% and 61% respectively were taking a statin, anti-platelet agent and at least two BP lowering agents. At 12 months, compared to usual care, participants in the polypill arm had higher adherence to combination therapy (80% vs. 50%, RR 1.58; 95% CI, 1.32 to 1.90; p < 0.001), lower SBP (-2.5 mmHg; 95% CI, -4.5 to -0.4; p = 0.02) and lower LDL-cholesterol (-0.1 mmol/L; 95% CI, -0.2 to 0.0; p = 0.04). Baseline treatment levels were a major effect modifier for adherence and SBP (p-homog < 0.0001 and 0.02 respectively) with greatest improvements seen among those under-treated at baseline.Polypill therapy significantly improved adherence, SBP and LDL-cholesterol in high risk patients compared with usual care, especially among those who were under-treated at baseline.
Keywords: Meta-analysis; polypill; secondary prevention; cardiovascular disease
Rights: © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030097530
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2015.12.015
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