Statin patients will get fewer liver function tests

Statin patients will get fewer liver function tests.

Patients often get liver enzymes checked when starting a statin...with dose increases...and then once or twice a year. This routine monitoring costs over $3 billion/yr...and is NOT helpful. Point out that new labeling NO longer recommends routine monitoring during therapy.

Statins can increase liver enzymes...but it's usually transient.

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