Statins – friend or foe?
Have you or a family member been prescribed a statin? Highly likely if you're into middle age - over 6 million people in the UK are on the drug, and Pfizer's Lipitor is the most profitable drug in the history of medicine. Originally, statins were only prescribed to people considered to be at high risk of having a heart attack. They are now increasingly prescribed to people over the age of 50 even if they have normal cholesterol levels. In 2014, NICE (the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) revised their guidelines on when to initiate statin treatment, [...]