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    Dr Malcolm Kendrick: Side-effects of statins should not be ignored

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    Dr Malcolm Kendrick: Side-effects of statins should not be ignored

    Post by graham64 on Thu May 04 2017, 22:46

    http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/dr-malcolm-kendrick-side-effects-of-statins-should-not-be-ignored-1-4436485

    Kendrick's response to the recent statin story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/03/statins-myth-thousands-dying-warnings-non-existent-side-effects/


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    Re: Dr Malcolm Kendrick: Side-effects of statins should not be ignored

    Post by Jan1 on Thu May 04 2017, 23:03

    Many thanks for the links Graham.

    These paragraphs jumped out at me ...

    "But this latest report pushes things to a completely ridiculous point.

    Can I, as a GP, simply tell patients reporting side-effects that “you do not have a side-effect, they do not exist, it is simply in your mind”? No, this would be completely ridiculous, and a total denial of the GP’s job, which is to listen to what patients tell you, not to take a horribly “I know best” paternalistic position.

    On the other hand, the benefits of statins have been hyped to an almost completely ridiculous degree. We are told that they reduce the risk of having a heart attack by 30 per cent, which sounds highly impressive – if you, like almost everyone, including me, does not understand statistics.

    The reality is that, unless you have had a previous heart attack, statins have no effect on overall mortality. To put that another way: they don’t save lives. They don’t even prevent heart attacks or strokes in women with no previous history of heart disease.

    The statistic you really want to know about statins is the following. If you have had a heart attack, or stroke, and take a statin for five years, you will increase your life expectancy by 4.2 days. Balance that against a 20 per cent chance of having side-effects, some of which are very unpleasant and long-lasting, and you can see why I’m not a fan of statins."

    Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/dr-malcolm-kendrick-side-effects-of-statins-should-not-be-ignored-1-4436485


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    "The study was funded by drug company Pfizer, which makes statins, but the authors said all data collection, analysis and interpretation of the results was carried out independently.

    London cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, who has argued against mass prescribing of statins, last night insisted the drugs had only “marginal” benefits for those with established heart disease, and did not save lives for lower risk patients."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/03/statins-myth-thousands-dying-warnings-non-existent-side-effects/

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    Re: Dr Malcolm Kendrick: Side-effects of statins should not be ignored

    Post by chris c on Sat May 06 2017, 23:42

    They were supposed to be going to be replaced by PCSK9 inhibitors but due to underwhelming demand they are now being flogged mercilessly again.



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    Re: Dr Malcolm Kendrick: Side-effects of statins should not be ignored

    Post by graham64 on Sun May 07 2017, 22:37

    chris c wrote:They were supposed to be going to be replaced by PCSK9 inhibitors but due to underwhelming demand they are now being flogged mercilessly again.

    And don't forget overwhelming costs 


    A new “hugely expensive” cholesterol drug does not improve overall survival chances for patients with heart disease and should be withdrawn from use, experts have said.

    A coalition of doctors last night called on patients to be told that evolocumab, which was hailed as  a “game changer” and “better than statins”, does nothing to prevent fatal heart attacks and strokes.

    Fresh analysis of data shows the injectable medicine is costing the NHS more than £645,000 for every minor heart attack or stroke it delays, however a trial conducted by Amgen, which manufacturers the drug under the name Repatha, also showed a higher death rate among those taking it than in the placebo patient group.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/06/nhs-wasting-tens-thousands-year-wonder-drug-stroke-heart-attacks/


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