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[Comment] Why do people not take life-saving medications? The case of statins

Several clinical trials have shown that statins reduce myocardial infarction, strokes, revascularisation procedures, and deaths from cardiovascular causes,1 with only a small excess in muscle pain or weakness.2 On the basis of a retrospective analysis of a database, Zhang and colleagues3 reported that about 20% of individuals taking a statin stopped because of suspected side-effects. Of these, 35% restarted statin treatment and more than 90% tolerated statins,3 indicating that the reasons for stopping medications were unrelated to statins in most cases.

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