Design of the FACS trial in comparison to other trials evaluating statins in ACS patients. In the Pravastatin in Acute Coronary Treatment (PACT) trial statin, therapy was initiated within 24 hours of onset of ACS. In the Myocardial Ischemia Reduction With Aggressive Cholesterol Lowering (MIRACL) trial, patients were randomized 24 to 96 hours after ACS. In the Z-phase of the A-to-Z trial, simvastatin therapy was initiated within 5 days of the onset of ACS, after clinical stabilization. In the Pravastatin or Atorvastatin Evaluation and Infection Therapy (PROVE IT) trial, patients were randomized up to 10 days after ACS. In the Lipid-Coronary Artery Disease (L-CAD) trial, statin therapy was initiated up to ten days following the onset of ACS. In the Fluvastatin on Risk Diminishing After Acute Myocardial Infarction (FLORIDA) trial, patients were randomized up to two weeks after ACS.