There has been a new twist in the statin saga – the heated debate about whether these drugs are as safe and effective as the official view claims.
Now it turns out that the senior academic who believes they have virtually no side effects has told a newspaper that he hasn’t actually done the analysis needed to show that they are as safe as he claimed. Last summer he fiercely attacked several researchers who suggested the risk was greater we were being told.
The breathtaking chutzpah makes it darkly funny but there are millions on these drugs,virtually everyone over 60 is eligible for a prescription to prevent heart disease, so if they are damaging more people than they help, that’s potentially a major drugs disaster.
To make the situation even more confusing if you are trying to make what should be a simple decision – to statin or not to statin – it now also turns out that the way benefits are calculated is misleading and could be giving a much more rosy picture of just how much heart protection these drugs offer in the real world.
Details of these latest developments, and why the way we assess the benefits of not just statins but all drugs needs to change, can be found on: