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Consumers' Association voices concern at over the counter statins

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 05 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:310
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    As statins went on sale without prescription in British pharmacies last week, the Consumers' Association argued that the public is being used as guinea pigs.

    Simvastatin, one of the earliest and most used statins, is the first to be approved and will be sold in a low dose (10 mg) formulation under the brand name Zocor Heart-Pro, by Johnson & Johnson MSD.

    Existing NHS guidelines say that statins should be prescribed only to patients who face a 30% risk of a heart attack over 10 years, but over the counter sales will be …

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