Physicians should expect tough patient questions about niacin

03/15/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Patients are asking about niacin therapy in light of results from the HPS2-THRIVE study, which failed to substantiate hopes that extended-release niacin/laropiprant would reduce major vascular events. "The average patient might think, upon reading results of the THRIVE study, that the risks of niacin clearly outweigh the benefits when it comes to preventing heart disease. It's our job to explain that it's not that simple," writes Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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