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Letters Statins: we need an independent review

Don’t ignore the Cochrane reviews on statins

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 11 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5454
  1. Shah Ebrahim, honorary professor of public health1,
  2. George Davey Smith, professor of clinical epidemiology2
  1. 1London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT, UK
  2. 2MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2BN, UK
  1. shah.ebrahim{at}

We read with interest the Editor’s Choice calling for an independent review on statins.1 In 1992, before the large statin trials had been completed, one of us called for a moratorium on the use of cholesterol lowering drugs in primary prevention.2 When the trials were published …

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