International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 501–505 | Cite as

Detection and care of familial hypercholesterolaemia in the community: is there a role for the pharmacist?

  • Ines KrassEmail author
  • Adrian T. Walker
  • Gerald F. Watts


Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a dominantly inherited disorder present from birth that causes marked elevation in plasma cholesterol and premature coronary heart disease. It is estimated that there are at 40 million people with FH worldwide, but most remain unrecognised and inadequately treated. To bridge this gap in coronary prevention several guidelines on detecting and managing FH have been published. We briefly review these and comment on the potential role of pharmacists in case detection, point-of-care testing and pharmacotherapy.


Care models Cascade screening Familial hypercholesteroleamia Pharmacist role Screening 




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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ines Krass
    • 1
    Email author
  • Adrian T. Walker
    • 2
  • Gerald F. Watts
    • 3
  1. 1.Faulty of Pharmacy A15University of SydneyCamperdownAustralia
  2. 2.Combined Universities Centre for Rural HealthCurtin UniversityGeraldtonAustralia
  3. 3.Lipid Disorders Clinic, Metabolic Research Centre and Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine and Pharmacology, Royal Perth Hospital UnitThe University of Western Australia (M570)CrawleyAustralia

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