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CVS Caremark Data Finds More than 50 Percent of Adults 45-years and Younger are not Adherent to Cholesterol Lowering Medications
Date:8/27/2009

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A study released today by CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) found that more than 50 percent of patients under the age of 45 who are prescribed a medication to treat high cholesterol are not optimally adherent to their therapy. In fact, the data showed that 58 percent of adults between the ages of 18-34 are not taking their cholesterol lowering medications as prescribed.

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According to the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), high cholesterol affects more than 65 million Americans. Because high cholesterol does not cause symptoms, individuals may not be aware that they are at increased risk of developing heart disease or experiencing a heart attack. September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and is a good opportunity for people to get their cholesterol levels checked and take steps to lower their levels if they are high.

"This data illustrates that younger adults with high cholesterol are not taking their medication as prescribed, putting them at increased risk for developing heart disease, worsening their long term clinical outcomes and ultimately increasing the cost of their care," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "CVS Caremark engages plan participants with chronic diseases, such as high cholesterol, by addressing barriers to evidence-based care. We engage patients in their care early in the process by providing disease and therapy education and help them improve medica
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