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U.S. adults aged 40+ using prescription cholesterol-lowering medication by type 2012

This statistic is based on a survey and displays the percentage of U.S. adults over 40 years of age that used prescription cholesterol-lowering medication within the past 30 days in 2011-2012, by generic drug name. During this time, 20.2 percent of these adults reported using cholesterol-lowering medication, used Atorvastatin. Elevated cholesterol levels is a major risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is one of the most common diseases in the country and the leading cause of mortality.

Percentage of U.S. adults aged 40 years and over using prescription cholesterol-lowering medication in 2011-2012, by type*

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Release date

December 2014


United States

Survey time period

2011 and 2012

Number of respondents

Base: 5,000

Age group

40 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Percentage of adults aged 40 and over using each specific medication among those who reported using a cholesterol-lowering medication in the past 30 days.

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