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OTC statins will 'widen inequalities'

Dr Michael Varnam, a Government adviser on disease prevention, has voiced strong reservations over the plan to sell statins in pharmacies.

Nottingham GP Dr Varnam, vice-chair of the Health Development Agency, claims the ground-breaking plan allowing pharmacists to sell 10mg simvastatin to anyone at moderate CHD risk could widen health inequalities: 'The benefits will primarily be realised by those with the least health needs.'

He added: 'In my area people under 65 are twice as likely to die of heart disease but half as likely to get statins as those on the other side of the Trent.'

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