August 13th, 2010
Peter John Glynn
Imperial College London health researchers are suggesting that statins be handed out in fast food restaurants as part of a drive to cut down heart disease. They say the 5p per pill preparation will offset the negative effects of the junk food, and cite a 7oz burger and milkshake as an example where one dose would cut out that fat intake therein.
There is no doubt that the drug helps patients who have already had a heart attack. There is dubious evidence though that Statins are useful as a preventative measure. Yet their use has rocketed in people hoping to prevent a heart attack.
Statins is big business and is now the most prescribed drug on the planet.
"There's a conspiracy of false hope" states Dr. John Abramson of Harvard Medical School.
But whilst people seek a magic pill shortcut to good health, so will commercial incentives take the lead in prescription practices.
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