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GPs told to ignore NICE statin prescribing guidance in cost-cutting drive


I read with dismay the comments of fellow colleagues. Statins are highly effective at reducing risk and are very safe. Routinely drugs are given for the mythical disease of "hypertension", and to patients with even lower risk than the 10-20% 10year risk level, even though they give less benefit and have more side effects than statins. And for CCGs that think that Stockport CCG is doing something sensible to save money, they should go read the economic analysis of the HPS and WOSCOP studies. Both show statins saving money by reducing hospital costs. Every £1 spent on statins in this group probably saves £8-10.

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02 Jun 2016

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