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Study finds small association between statin use and musculoskeletal conditions

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3609
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Experts fear that patients may stop using statins after a study concluded that their use was associated with a slightly increased risk of musculoskeletal conditions, including injuries and pain.

The retrospective cohort study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, used data from a military healthcare system.1 The researchers compared 6969 people who had used statins for at least 90 days with the same number of statistically matched non-users.

The study found that 87% of statin users and 85% of non-users had been given a diagnosis of a musculoskeletal disease during the study period. Although the incidence was …

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