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GPs fight proposals to sell statins OTC

GPs are fighting a Government plan to sell statins over the counter because of fears over patient safety, GP workload and a lack of evidence that the drugs benefit low-risk patients.

Health Secretary John Reid hopes pharmacists will be free from this spring to sell 10mg simvastatin to anyone at moderate risk of CHD.

But both the RCGP and GPC have submitted hard-hitting reports listing a swathe of concerns. The consultation period closed last week.

The RCGP said there was little evidence of the benefits of a 10mg dose in low-risk patients and warned the risk of side-effects had been 'underplayed'.

It also expressed concern over GPs' medicolegal position, claiming it was unclear who would carry the can if a patient suffered harm.

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