Objective: To compare incidences of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in general and myocardial infarction (MI) specifically between new users of different statins in daily practice. Design and methodology: Retrospective observational cohort study. Data were obtained from the PHARMO Record Linkage System; the PHARMO database contains pharmacy dispensing records of 3 million patients in the Netherlands registered with community pharmacies, linked to hospitalisation records. The participants were new statin users in the period 2000-2005, excluding patients hospitalised for CVD events in the year prior to start of statin use. Main outcome measures: Adjusted hazard ratios of hospitalisations for CVD (including any type of ischemic heart disease, stroke, or revascularisation procedure) in general, or MI in particular, occurring during use of the initial statin within two years of start of therapy, comparing users of different statins. Results: The mean follow-up duration of 76,147 new statin users (14,530 pravastatin, 27,752 simvastatin, 25,777 atorvastatin, 8088 rosuvastatin) was 55 weeks. Incidence rates of CVD and MI per 100 person years ranged from 0.75 and 0.15 for rosuvastatin to 1.72 and 0.29 for pravastatin. Rosuvastatin users had a lower incidence rate of CVD compared to other statin users in general (28% lower), and simvastatin (29% lower) and pravastatin users (40% lower) in particular. The difference with atorvastatin was not statistically significant. Since this was not a prospective randomised study, there is the potential for unobserved risk factors to be responsible for some of the differences observed. Conclusion: Compared to other statin users without recent prior cardiovascular events, the incidence of fatal and nonfatal CVD in this retrospective observational cohort study was 28% lower among rosuvastatin users.

Cardiovascular events, Daily practice, Dyslipidaemia, Incidence, Myocardial infarction, Observational, Statins
dx.doi.org/10.1185/03007990903269112, hdl.handle.net/1765/24936
Current Medical Research and Opinion
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Heintjes, E.M, Penning-Van Beest, F.J.A, Johansson, S, Stalenhoef, A.F, & Herings, R.M.C. (2009). Comparison of incidences of cardiovascular events among new users of different statins: A retrospective observational cohort study. Current Medical Research and Opinion, 25(11), 2621–2629. doi:10.1185/03007990903269112