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NICE statins plan could split GP profession, warn doctors


Until we have full access to the trials data hidden by the pharmaceutical companies, we should hold back. Unfortunately we and our patients are not brilliant at reporting side effects...Just heard of a 92 year old given statins which gave him muscle weakness and as a result he had a fall which led to his demise. How many more stories are there like this one? What does a statin achieve for a 92year old - one extra week of life? (or, as in this case, several months less). We should all read Skrabanek again - The Death of Humane Medicine and the Rise of Coercive Healthism, or Ivan Illich's Medical Nemesis. They predicted this. In the end we have to die of something, but coercive healthism fuels the illusion that we can be made immortal if we just take the pills. All that we are doing is creating unnecessary patienthood and benefiting big pharma.

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11 Jun 2014

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