Chief Medical Officer Asked to Launch Independent Review into Statins

September 15, 2016

(The Telegraph) – The editor of the BMJ has written to the Chief Medical Officer asking for an independent review of statins following years of controversy. Dr Fiona Godlee has asked Dame Sally Davies to intervene after medical journal The Lancet published a review claiming the drugs were safe and effective and warning that their harms had been exaggerated. The Lancet said that thousands of people had been misled into stopping their medication after two articles appeared in the BMJ questioning their use and warning of side-effects.