If your doctor sounds like a drug company salesman...

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Re: If your doctor sounds like a drug company salesman...

Post by Zute » Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:42 pm

It's amazing how little your average doctor knows about how little good statins do. It makes one wonder if they ever bother to read any medical journals or take any continuing education (that isn't funded by drug makers).
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Re: If your doctor sounds like a drug company salesman...

Post by Zute » Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:35 pm

Here you go, a meta-analysis of statins found they're worthless for preventative uses.

Considerable uncertainty remains in the evidence for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

If this doesn't say it all:
There are a number of concerning points with this review that arise due to limitations in the published data. First, in the majority of trials in the review power calculations were based on composite outcomes; second, in over one third of trials outcomes were reported selectively; and third, eight trials did not report on adverse events at all. This is unacceptable, as important data aiding the overall interpretation of the systematic review were not obtainable despite attempts to contact authors. Moreover, two large trials were prematurely stopped because significant reductions in primary composite outcomes had been observed. All of these shortcomings significantly undermine the findings of this review. To date only one trial has been publically funded, while the authors of nine trials reported having been sponsored either fully or partially by pharmaceutical companies.
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