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Statins' Flawed Studies and False Advertising

Statin Drugs

Story at-a-glance -

  • Statin drugs were originally prescribed for secondary prevention (the prevention of a second heart attack or stroke with clear signs of heart disease)
  • Today a majority of people taking the drugs are doing so for primary prevention of heart disease, even if they’re otherwise healthy
  • Many of the key studies used to justify this switch were flawed, biased, and deceptively reported to hype the drugs’ benefits while minimizing their risks

By Dr. Mercola

At your next doctor's check-up, your visit will likely include a discussion of your risk of heart disease, your cholesterol levels, and whether or not you would benefit from taking a statin cholesterol-lowering drug.


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