Statin statements withdrawn from BMJ

The authors, Dr John Abramson from Harvard Medical School and British cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, withdrew the statements after some figures they cited were found to be incorrect.

The BMJ’s editor-in-chief, Dr Fiona Godlee, admitted the errors had not been picked up by editors or experts who peer-reviewed them before publication.

She said she wanted to alert the public to the withdrawal of these statements “so that patients who could benefit from statins are not wrongly deterred from starting or continuing treatment because of exaggerated concerns over side effects”. Dr Godlee has also asked

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