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CVS Caremark Study Documents Changes in Prescription Drug Use to Treat High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
Date:4/6/2009

Results reflect impact of pediatric obesity epidemic and evolving approach to treatment of co-morbidities

WOONSOCKET, R.I., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A study by CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) published today in the April 2009 issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that over a two-and-a-half year period ending in June 2007, the use of medications to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes among children increased 15.2%. Observed changes in medication use differed by therapeutic class and patient age with oral antidiabetics, insulin, and antihypertensives showing increased use, while statin therapy decreased over the same time period. In addition, while the oldest age group (16- to 18-year olds) had the highest prescription drug usage overall, the greatest rate of increase was found among 6- to 11-year olds (18.7% among females and 17.3% among males).

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"The increasing use of antidiabetic and antihypertensive medications in this younger population likely reflects the rise of pediatric obesity and a failure of lifestyle changes to control cardiovascular risk factors typically associated with adults," said Josh Liberman, Ph.D., Vice President, Strategic Research CVS Caremark and lead author of the study. "These results also suggest heightened awareness among health care providers of the potential benefits of pharmaceutical treatments in certain cases."

The study was designed to document trends in the use of prescription medications indicated for the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and h
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