Designs of RADIANCE 1 and 2: carotid ultrasound studies comparing the effects of torcetrapib/atorvastatin with atorvastatin alone on atherosclerosis.

Department of Vascular Medicine, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Current Medical Research and Opinion (Impact Factor: 2.37). 05/2007; 23(4):885-94. DOI: 10.1185/030079907X182121
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