A major Lancet study which backed the safety of statins was “fundamentally flawed” and underestimated the side-effects of the heart drugs, a group of medics have said.
The research published in September concluded that the drugs help prevent around 80,000 major cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks or strokes, every year.
Scientists said the drugs did far more harm than good, with too many patients had been put off taking them because of needless fears about side-effects.
It followed a long debate over the merits of the cholesterol-busting drugs, which are taken by 8 million Britons.
But today a group of doctors attacked the Lancet study.
Writing in The Prescriber, a group of medics led by cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra
That’s as far as we need to go. Malhotra – this criticism is bollocks.