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Statins war of words: Matt Hancock dragged into ongoing debate over cholesterol-lowering drug taken by millions of Britons

Statins war of words: Matt Hancock dragged into ongoing debate over cholesterol-lowering drug taken by millions of Britons

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More than six million people in the UK take statins, but the arguments continue over whether everyone should be on them. Few drugs polarise the academic and medical world like statins – the most commonly prescribed medicine in the UK with at least six million people taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs. In recent days, the debate surrounding statins has seen daggers drawn once more with even the Health Secretary dragged into the latest war of words. Earlier this month a “devastating investigation” in the Mail on Sunday claimed to unmask a group of high profile “statin deniers” who were spreading “deadly propaganda” about the drug. Dr Aseem Malhotra, an honourary NHS consultant cardiologist at Lister Hospital Foundation trust in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and in private practice, Dr Zoe Harcombe, an academic whose research focuses on food and nutrition, and Dr Malcolm Kendrick, a GP from Cheshire, who says people are “being conned” over statins in his recent book on the subject,…
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