UK’s Dr. Aseem Malhotra & Sir Richard Thompson: Statin Side Effects Cannot Be Ignored Anymore

Statin Prescriptions

Prominent United Kingdom physicians are becoming increasingly vocal that almost half of patients taking statins have developed material side effects according to recent research, and recently covered in Express by Lucy Johnson.

Recent Statin Study Reveals Significant Side Effects

A recent study included 556 patients taking statins over a four year period. Investigators found evidence that up to 49% of the statin patients experienced adverse reactions such as mental health disorders, sleep and brain function problems. Moreover, about 25% experienced muscle pains, and nearly 20% battled with memory or cognitive challenges. This research will be published by Current Vascular Pharmacology. There is a growing schism between physicians, academics and industry over the widespread prescribing of statin drugs. The industry has generated tremendous sales of statin products, but many wonder whether this is the right approach based on available data.

In the UK statin drugs are routinely given to patients with at least a 10% risk of developing heart disease. This equals 8 million Britons. Many experts are adamant of their importance. For example, the British Heart Foundation notes they...

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