Two years ago I was studying for my family medicine board exams. This was around the time the avant garde were ready to put statins in the water supply.
Fast forward 2017. Everyone hates on statins for primary prevention. Myalgias. Diabetes. Brain fog. Whatever. Now patients need to have a pretty good risk of 10y CVD death to take ’em.
This is kind of routine in medicine. Big swings usually amped by big money.
The swings have consequences beyond personal health and billions of dollars. They cost confidence. They are one reason it was so easy for big money to turn the GOP into an anti-science machine.
Statins have given us Scott Pruitt.