In her Aug. 6 Point of View “Dispensing bad advice on statins” in which Dr. Ann Marie Navar berated the radio show, the People’s Pharmacy, for airing a program in which the pros and cons of statins as anti-cholesterol drugs were discussed, Navar stated that “in high-risk adults ... statins can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events between 20 and 30 percent.”
But, we should note, that even with high-risk people, only a minority benefits. Also, she failed to mention that there are scores of medical and scientific studies reporting on the negative effects of statins.
As an example, an article in a recent issue of Current Opinion in Cardiology stated: “Statin related muscle side effects are common.”
In their program with about 50 minutes of air time, Joe and Terry Graedon tried to inform listeners that statins were not always an ideal medication. I encourage Navar to be more open-minded on these topics and to continue listening to the People’s Pharmacy. Perhaps she will come to appreciate that this program is a valuable source of health information for the Triangle community.
Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UNC School of Medicine