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Health: Statins

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking regarding the distribution of statins on prescription.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

Raised cholesterol levels are a significant risk factor for all cardiovascular diseases including coronary heart disease and stroke. An estimated 6-8 million people are currently receiving statin therapy, saving an estimated 10,000 lives every year, as well as reducing the number of heart attacks. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence provide guidelines on prescription of statins both for primary and secondary prevention. However, it is for clinicians to decide in each case where statins should be prescribed for an individual.

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