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Statin risks highlighted in US labelling change

John Kerr posted in on March 2nd, 2012.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added diabetes and memory loss to the list of side effects for cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. This week the governing body for pharmaceuticals in the US, the FDA, announced it was adding several side effects to the information required to be made available with statins, a […]

Expert on review questioning use of statins to prevent cardiovascual disease

Peter Griffin posted in on January 26th, 2011.

A review by the Cochrane Collaboration of medical studies on the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins), suggests the drugs have negligible benefit for those without a history of cardiovascular disease. Statins have well-documented benefits for those with a history of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in New Zealand*. However the review […]

The controversy over treatment of high cholesterol in children

Peter Griffin posted in on September 30th, 2008.

A perspectives piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week highlights the controversy in the USA over the treatment of children for high cholesterol levels. In July this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics released revised recommendations for the treatment of high cholesterol in children. Recommendations included a reduction in the age […]

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