Former Editor of Major Journal Exposes Statin Conflict of Interest

Jerome P. Kassirer M.D., distinguished professor and former editor of one of the world's biggest medical journals discusses conflict of interest in statin guidelines.

At the same time, a Canadian group did an analysis on the same data and came up with the opposite conclusion (that statins are not beneficial in primary prevention) - the Canadian group had no ties with the pharmaceutical companies.

Since these guidelines were introduced there have been several updates - each time, the 'experts' recommended statins for more and more people, and each time the conflicts of interest have remained in place.

Shortly after the publication of his book, Professor Kassirer lost his post at the New England Journal of Medicine. 


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