STATINS

Statins – more calls for wider use despite research showing ‘absence of evidence of overall benefit’

There’s something about statins that makes even the most intelligent doctor say silly things – such as that everyone over 40 should take them, even that children should be given them. Statins  have a reputation as  ‘wonder drugs’ for prevention of deaths from cardiovascular disease. The real wonder is how these drugs have become the … Read more

Merck to pay $100m in NuvaRing contraceptive device settlement

There’s a creeping sameness to cases of drug companies caught apparently downplaying serious health risks of one of their products, and having to fork out millions to resolve  liability lawsuits,  while denying any ‘fault’. The latest is Merck and its contraceptive device containing hormones that increase the risk of blood clots – and premature death. … Read more