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Statins do not commonly cause muscle pain and stiffness

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 29 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n3060
  1. Helen Saul, editor in chief1,
  2. Deniz Gursul, research dissemination officer1,
  3. Samantha Cassidy, science writer1 ,
  4. Liam Smeeth, director and professor of clinical epidemiology2,
  5. Alexander Perkins, research fellow3
  1. 1NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination, Twickenham, UK
  2. 2Department of non-communicable disease epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  3. 3Department of medical statistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  1. Correspondence to H Saul NIHRAlerts{at}

The study

Herrett E, Williamson E, Brack K, et al. The effect of statins on muscle symptoms in primary care: the StatinWISE series of 200 N-of-1 RCTs. Health Technol Assess 2021;25:16.

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