Statin use dives after Catalyst

A CONTROVERSIAL ABC Catalyst program critical of statins may be responsible for 60,000 Australians missing out on the drugs and nearly 3000 preventable, potentially fatal, vascular events, researchers say.

In a population-based analysis of PBS data, researchers found even high-risk patients abandoned the medication.

An estimated 1.5 million Australians watched the two-part October 2013 ‘Heart of the Matter’ episode, which questioned the link between high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease and was critical of statins.

Although the ABC has since retracted the program, “a large