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Letters Adverse effects of statins

Urgent need to establish the true incidence of the side effects of statins

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 11 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3650
  1. Azeem Majeed, professor of primary care1,
  2. Mariam Molokhia, reader in epidemiology and primary care2
  1. 1Imperial College London, London W6 8RP, UK
  2. 2King’s College London, London, UK
  1. a.majeed{at}

One key area of the debate about widening the use of statins is the discordance between rates of side effects of statins in clinical trials and in clinical practice.1 In clinical trials, the incidence of side effects from statins is low and similar in the intervention and placebo groups.2 …

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