Tag: "statin over-prescription"

It’s Time To Rethink Cholesterol

| December 19, 2014 | Comments (27)

Here at The Cholesterol Truth, we often get some stick for our stance against the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. Of course, we welcome all constructive comments and even a bit of criticism because these form part of a very necessary conversation that needs to be had about the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs… and probably […]

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Statins: Pro-statin Doctors Go On The Offensive

| July 10, 2014 | Comments (3)

I reported recently that a group of doctors, some quite prominent, had expressed concerns about the mooted expansion of the prescription of cholesterol-lowering statins, in the UK. They wrote a letter, reported widely in the press, in which they detailed six major objections to the plan, including the mass-medicalization of millions of healthy individuals, the […]

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British Medical Journal Article Questions Plans To Increase Statin Prescriptions

| June 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Earlier this year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence mooted the idea of a reduction in the threshold beyond which statin drugs should be considered (from a 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of 20 per cent to 10 per cent). Some people believe this can only be a good thing. I believe these […]

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Statin Drugs: Doctor Calls For Patients To Be More Involved In Drug Decision Making Process

| April 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Initiatives in both the US and the UK look set to vastly increase the number of people deemed eligible for treatment with statin drugs. While some have welcomed these moves, there has been a lot of criticism too. Some believe that statin drugs already have a risk/benefit profile that is far from positive for people […]

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Doctor Speaks Out Against “Statins For All” Policy

| March 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK has recently put forward the idea that the number of people treated with statins should be widened considerably. Currently, doctors in the UK are recommended to treat individuals estimated to have a 20 per cent risk of developing cardiovascular disease over the next […]

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Drive To Put More People On Statins Intensifies

| February 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Yesterday, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published draft proposals concerning the use of statins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Previously, NICE advised doctors to recommend treatment in those with a calculated 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of 20 per cent or more. Now, NICE is proposing that this threshold will […]

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Statins Of Little Or No Benefit For Those At Low Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

| November 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

The ‘Cochrane Collaboration’ is an international collective of researchers whose self-proclaimed role is to provide accurate and robust appraisals of health interventions. In 2011, Cochrane researchers assessed the evidence relating to statin use in individuals at low risk of cardiovascular disease (defined as less than a 20 per cent risk over 10 years), and concluded […]

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Studies can make statin drugs look far safer than they actually are

| September 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Many people who take statin drugs experience problems with them such as muscle pain, fatigue, mental symptoms, kidney or liver damage. These people are sometimes described as being ‘statin intolerant’. The incidence of this issue appears to be about 5-10 per cent from the studies. The thing is, though, in many of the studies those […]

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