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GPs urged to hold back on statins use

Statin use has ‘gone beyond the evidence', the president of the British Hypertension Society warned this week.

Professor Gordon McInnes told the International Society of Hypertension meeting in Berlin that doctors should follow guidelines and ‘hold back a bit' on the use of statins for the primary prevention of coronary heart disease.

‘The usage has gone beyond the evidence. I hope to challenge the popular myth that statins are to atherosclerosis what penicillin was to infectious disease,' he said.

NICE recently recommended use of statins for primary prevention, but only in those with a 20% or greater 10-year risk of developing CVD.

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