Lipid-lowering: Can ezetimibe help close the treatment gap?
Ryan C. Neal, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Peter H. Jones, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
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ABSTRACTMost patients who should be on lipid-lowering therapy are not receiving it, and most patients who are receiving it are not reaching their appropriate low-density lipoprotein (LDL) goals. This is in part because physicians and patients fear side effects of statins and other lipid-lowering agents. Ezetimibe (Zetia), a new lipid-lowering drug, may help physicians close this "treatment gap" in more patients, especially in combination with a statin.