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The Statin Mafia Censors Pharmaceutical Harm

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The U.K.-based Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ (CTT) Collaboration is holding all the raw data on statin side effects, then publishing meta-analyses promoting their use
  • Although CTT claims to be independent, they’ve received millions in funding from the pharmaceutical industry
  • Maryanne Demasi, Ph.D., a former medical scientist with the University of Adelaide, was a reporter for ABC News in Australia; in 2013, she investigated cholesterol drug wars and questioned the overprescription of statins and industry influence in statin trials
  • Demasi’s investigation was attacked by media and health organizations; ABC ultimately capitulated to the scrutiny and pulled the program

The first statin (lovastatin) was approved for use in the U.S. in 1987. Fast forward to 2020, just over three decades later, and it’s estimated that total sales for statin drugs will reach $1 trillion. Their usage statistics are staggering. Among U.S. adults aged 40 to 59, lipid-lowering drugs such as statins are the second most commonly prescribed drug, being taken by 13.9% of this population.

When you tailor this to adults aged 60 to 79, lipid-lowering drugs become the most common prescription, being used by 45% of Americans and 34.3% of Canadians in the same age range.


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