Risk of acute pancreatitis low with statins

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New research reveals that while cholesterol-lowering drugs do increase the risk of painful inflammation of the pancreas, the side effect is relatively rare, according to Sonal Singh, M.D., from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and colleagues.

"Acute pancreatitis is a fairly common condition and cholesterol-lowering drugs have been implicated in some cases," said Singh. "Since millions of people around the world take these drugs, our aim was to quantify the risk." The study, reported in the current issue of Drug Safety, is the first to estimate the risk of pancreatitis from drugs such as Lipitor

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