Drug taking for health

Heroes Not Zombies

There’s a lot of controversy this week about statins because NICE (the body which makes recommendations for the NHS in England) seems about to recommend a huge increase in the number of people taking statins. A group of senior medics have written to the government criticising this recommendation. The letter,

signed by nine doctors and academics including the president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), warns “public and professional faith” in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) could be lost and harm could be done to “many patients over many years”. It accuses the standards body of seeking to “medicalise five million healthy individuals”.

Their criticism includes concern about the quality of the evidence being used by NICE. They say they are….

seriously concerned that eight members of NICE’s panel of 12 experts for its latest guidance have direct financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies that…

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