Letters Bad medicine: statins

Statins are not bad medicine but their misuse is

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4046 (Published 25 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4046
  1. L Sam Lewis, GP trainer1
  1. 1Surgery, Newport SA42 0TJ, UK
  1. sam{at}garthnewydd.freeserve.co.uk

As is his wont, Spence is provocative in arguing that statins are bad medicine.1 Heart attacks are multifactorial, due to risk factors (not disease) such as cholesterol and sloth. But in the UK they have been declining dramatically in incidence and mortality for over 40 years.2 Survival, and thus prevalence of ischaemic heart disease, is increasing, partly thanks to statins. …

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