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GPs should consider offering statins to all patients aged over 75, researchers say

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l522 (Published 01 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l522

Re: GPs should consider offering statins to all patients aged over 75, researchers say

This article reports that Colin Baigent said the following at the press conference, on January 30th, to launch The Lancet paper:

“Only a third of the 5.5 million over 75s in the UK take statins and up to 8000 deaths per year could be prevented if all took them.”

Someone at the press conference should have asked: How can this be correct when Figure 5 reported no statistically significant result for vascular deaths in over 75s (even after excluding trials where statins had “not been shown to be effective”) and Figure 4 reported no statistically significant result for major vascular events in over 75s without vascular disease?

Competing interests: I have written and published content about cholesterol and statins.

05 February 2019
Zoe Harcombe
Independent researcher
Wales