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Letters Statins and pneumonia

Beware statins with macrolides

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 03 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2703
  1. Iain Ewing, specialist trainee year 3, gastroenterology1,
  2. William White, specialist trainee year 3, nephrology1
  1. 1London Deanery, London, UK
  1. iainewing{at}

Douglas and colleagues suggest starting a short course of statins when suspected pneumonia is diagnosed.1

Initial empirical treatment for pneumonia often includes macrolide antibiotics, as recommended by British Thoracic Society …

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