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Statin Withdrawal and Treating COVID-19 Patients
  • David Fedson
David Fedson
Retired
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Abstract

Most but not all observational studies of statin treatment of COVID-19 patients suggest that treatment improves outcomes. However, almost all observational studies fail to consider what cardiovascular investigators have known for 15-20 years: withdrawing statins after hospital admission has detrimental effects on patient outcomes. Continuing (or starting) statin treatment after hospital admission consistently improves COVID-19 patient outcomes, whereas discontinuing treatment does not. Thus, observational studies of the effectiveness of statin treatment of COVID-19 patients must consider the consequences of statin withdrawal.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

03 May 2021Submitted to British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
04 May 2021Assigned to Editor
04 May 2021Submission Checks Completed
08 May 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned