[Series] Putting polypills into practice: challenges and lessons learned
Regulatory approvals for cardiovascular polypills are increasing rapidly across more than 30 countries. The evidence clearly shows polypills improve adherence and cardiovascular disease risk factors for patients with indications for use of polypill components—ie, those with established cardiovascular disease or at high risk. However, the implementation of polypills into clinical practice has many challenges. The clinical trials literature provides insights into the clinical impact of a polypill strategy, including cost-effectiveness, safety of use, substantial improvement in adherence, and better risk factor control than usual care.