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Benefits of statins have been grossly exaggerated and side effects underplayed, Dr Aseem Malhotra
Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:20 am Email this article
“As he [Professor Simon Capewell, Vice President for Health Policy for the UK’s Faculty of Public Health] and I point out in an editorial published two weeks ago in medical journal BMC Medicine, community based studies reveal that almost 75 per cent of new users will stop taking their statin within a year of prescription with 62 per cent citing side effects as a reason,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.
“In fact, the emerging evidence suggests at best, the benefits of statins have been grossly exaggerated and side effects underplayed.
“In recent weeks, two separate research groups in Japan and France have, independently of each other, questioned the reliability of many of the earlier industry sponsored studies that show the benefit of statins.
“In fact the Japanese research went as far to even suggests that statins may be a cause of the increasing population burden of heart failure.”
[See below for a list of articles which summarize what the Japanese research group and French and Swiss cardiologists concluded about statins.]
Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.
Dr. Malhotra continues by saying:
“Meanwhile the reputed French cardiologist Dr Michel De Lorgeril has claimed all studies published after 2006 reveal ‘no benefit’ of statins for cardiovascular prevention in all groups of patients.
“I fully support his calls for a full reassessment of all the statin studies and until then ‘physicians should be aware that the present claims about the efficacy and safety of statins is not evidence based.’
“Furthermore we must demand that the Clinical Trial Service Unit at Oxford University releases the raw data on statins for independent scrutiny.
“It is these industry-sponsored studies that have resulted in the prescription of statins to millions worldwide, driving a multi-billion industry.”
Dr. Malhotra launching the campaign
Dr. Malhotra, who is launching the campaign in a personal capacity, is a trustee of the King’s Fund health think tank, a member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and advisor to the National Obesity Forum the article notes.
The six experts warning about too much medicine does more harm than good
These experts include: 1) Sir Richard Thompson, former-president of the Royal College of Physicians and personal doctor to England’s Queen for 21 years; 2) Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist; 3) Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health in Britain; 4) psychiatrist Dr. JS Bamrah, chairman of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in Britain; 5) cardiologist Professor Rita Redberg, MD editor of medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine; 6) Professor James McCormack, a pharmaceutical scientist.
Articles about statins not being effective, and even causing congestive heart failure, by the Japanese research group and French and Swiss cardiologists
Hodgekiss A, and Spencer B. How Big Pharma greed is killing tens of thousands around the world: Patients are over-medicated and often given profitable drugs with ‘little proven benefits,’ leading doctors warn. The Daily Mail, 2016 Feb 23.
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