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[Comment] Offline: Lessons from the controversy over statins

Controversy over the safety and efficacy of statins has harmed the health of potentially thousands of people in the UK. After publication of disputed research and tendentious opinions about statin use among people at low risk of cardiovascular disease in 2013, patients already taking statins were more likely to stop their medication both for primary prevention (an 11% increased risk of stopping treatment) and secondary prevention (a 12% increased risk). Over 200 000 patients were estimated to have stopped taking a statin in the 6 months after adverse media coverage.

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