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BMJ editor asks chief medical officer to set up inquiry into statin risks and benefits

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5046 (Published 16 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5046
Letter from Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, to Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

The editor in chief of The BMJ, Fiona Godlee, has called for an independent inquiry into the evidence on the risks and benefits of statins.

In a letter to the chief medical officer for England, Sally Davies, Godlee urged her to intervene in what had become “a bitter and increasingly unproductive dispute.” Though there was good evidence of the benefits of statins to people with cardiovascular disease or otherwise at high risk, the benefits of taking them by people at lower risk was hotly contested, Godlee said, as was the true incidence of side effects such as muscle pain and fatigue.

Her intervention was triggered by the publication in the …

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