Chief Medical Officer asked to launch independent review into statins
The editor of the BMJ has written to the government’s Chief Medical Officer asking for an independent review of statins following years of controversy.
Dr Fiona Godlee has asked Dame Sally Davies to intervene after medical journal The Lancet published a review claiming the drugs were safe and effective and warning that their harms had been exaggerated.
The Lancet said that thousands of people had been misled into stopping their medication after two articles appeared in the BMJ questioning their use and warning of side-effects.
However, critics have since questioned the findings of the review, claiming some of the trials included were funded by drugs companies making statins and individual patient data was not available.
Dr Godlee said it was now time for an independent body to weigh up the evidence so that the public could be sure about the benefits and harms of statins.