If you don't read it, then here are a few tidbits from the article that I thought would give it to you in a nutshell:
- ...for every 100 people in the trial, which lasted 3 1/3 years, three people on placebos and two people on Lipitor had heart attacks. The difference credited to the drug? One fewer heart attack per 100 people. So to spare one person a heart attack, 100 people had to take Lipitor for more than three years. The other 99 got no measurable benefit.
- ...an estimated 10% to 15% of statin users suffer side effects, including muscle pain, cognitive impairments, and sexual dysfunction
- "There's a tendency to assume drugs work really well, but people would be surprised by the actual magnitude of the benefits,"
- For anyone worried about heart disease, the first step should always be a better diet and increased physical activity. Do that, and "we would cut the number of people at risk so dramatically" that far fewer drugs would be needed...
- "The way our health-care system runs, it is not based on data, it is based on what makes money."