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Type: Journal article
Title: Trends over 5 years in cardiovascular medicine use in Australian veterans with diabetes
Author: Roughead, E.
Pratt, N.
Gilbert, A.
Citation: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2007; 64(1):100-104
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0306-5251
1365-2125
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Roughead, Elizabeth E.; Pratt, Nicole; Gilbert, Andrew L.
Abstract: <h4>Aim</h4>To determine trends over 5 years in cardiovascular medicine use in the Australian veteran population with diabetes.<h4>Methods</h4>An observational study. All veterans dispensed medicines indicative of diabetes between 2000 and 2005 were identified from the Veterans Affairs pharmacy claims dataset. Concurrent dispensings of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI), lipid-lowering medicines and antiplatelets were assessed.<h4>Results</h4>ACEI/angiotensin II receptor blocker use has risen from 46% to 67% in the veteran population dispensed medicines indicative of diabetes. Lipid-lowering medicines have increased from 33% to 58% and antiplatelets from 28% to 50%.<h4>Conclusion</h4>The increasing use of cardiovascular medicines in the diabetes population is suggestive of improved treatment practices over time, consistent with guidelines and quality use of medicines initiatives.
Keywords: ACE inhibitors; antiplatelet; cardiovascular; diabetes; drug utilisation; lipid lowering therapy
Description: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
RMID: 0020070986
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2007.02853.x
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