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'Offer private statins to low-risk patients'

Dr Nick Raithatha is calling for GPs to be able to offer private statin prescriptions to patients who have a coronary heart disease risk below 3 per cent per year.

The University of East Anglia Health Centre GP is arguing in the latest BMJ that despite the group being ineligible for an NHS prescription, they are still at risk and might be willing to pay for private prescriptions if offered the chance.

'This is a win situation for everyone as it cuts down the need for expensive secondary care later on,' he said.

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