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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Friday, 28 August 2015

Use of statins associated with a 25% increased risk of pancreatitis

This study was published in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety 2015 Aug 24
Study title and authors
Use of statins and the risk of acute pancreatitis: a population-based case-control study.
Kuoppala J, Pulkkinen J, Kastarinen H, Kiviniemi V, Jyrkkä J, Enlund H, Happonen P, Paajanen H.
Finnish Medicines Agency, Kuopio, Finland.
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The aim of this research was to examine the association between statin use and the risk of acute pancreatitis. The study included 4,376 patients hospitalized for acute pancreatitis and 19,859 randomly selected age and sex-matched controls.

The study found that statin users had a 25% increased risk of acute pancreatitis compared to nonusers.