This shows how reporting is done and scewed someitmes. In the Telegraph yesterday this was reported with the headline: Statins 'needlessly doled out to millions' simply because of their age
It was reported that elderly people should not be put on statins because that study showed all were eleigible due to their age even if they had no heart disease risks and that it is a waste to put them on statins which should be given to younger people who have more risks. The Telegraph is subscription only, copying a bit here in case you can access the whole report: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/31/statins-needlessly-doled-millions-simply-age/"Statins are being needlessly prescribed to millions of people simply because of their age, the Royal College of GPs has warned. The RCGP called for an end to the “blanket” prescription of statins for older people, many of whom are at a low risk of heart disease. Current NHS guidelines risk unnecessarily “medicalising” swathes of the population at a time when resources are stretched, the RCGP said. The warning follows a study by Harvard University that found the risk criteria set by Nice (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) make nearly all men over 60 and all women over 75 eligible for the cholesterol-lowering drugs, simply by virtue of their age. The RCGP, along with a range of academics, is calling for improved guidelines to slash the number of prescriptions for healthy adults."
Actually, some of that is reported in that Guardian report further down the page near the end:Commenting on the paper, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Statins have been found to be highly effective drugs at preventing cardiovascular disease by reducing cholesterol levels of patients, and extensive research has shown that taking them is safe.
“But our patients should only take medication if they need to, and specifically they are at high risk of developing conditions that statins can help prevent.
“We need to get the risk scores right. If we find that all men over 60 and all women over 75 are going to be eligible for statins with new risk scoring, regardless of any other risk factor, then it should ring alarm bells – because it is not clear that every 60-year-old man or 75-year-old woman is going to benefit from statin therapy.
“As with any drug, taking statin medication has potential side-effects, and taking any medication long term is a substantial undertaking for patients.
“Many don’t want to take statins once they have learned all the facts – and GPs will respect patient choice.”
She added: “We also need to remember that whilst clinical guidelines are useful tools for GPs when developing a treatment plan for patients, they are not tramlines.
“GPs are highly trained to prescribe based on the individual circumstances of the patient in front of them – obviously taking age into account, but also any other medication that the patient is using, and all the physical, psychological or social factors that may be impacting their health.”
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