From Pfizer's own Lipitor newspaper ad, revealed by an asterisk the following: “That means in a large clinical study, 3% of patients taking a sugar pill or placebo had a heart attack compared to 2% of patients taking Lipitor.” They touted this as a 36% reduction in heart attacks.
This simple mathematical calculation revels that for every 100 people in the trial that pasted 3.5 years, three people taking a placebo (most likely a sugar pill) and two people on Lipitor had heart attacks. The difference was credited to the drug, ya right !!! It was most likely the sugar in the pill that caused the higher rate of incidence (if they used sugar as the placebo.) These are terrible results. This means that, 100 people had to take Lipitor for 3.5 years to prevent one heart attack.
Ok, so one fewer heart attacks per 100 people in my book does not justify the expenditure for a drug that has side effects like diabetes and muscle / joint pain that makes you feel old. If you were to put let's say 250 people in a room and tell them that for 3.5 years each would pay a total of $ 3,500 for a drug that they will take every day and after 3.5 years they will get the benefit of feeling like crap with aches and pain in joints and possible diarrhea with NO health benefit. Would they take the drug and spend the money? …. I think not.
While pouring over data Dr. James Wright discovered there was no benefit to taking a statin in people over 65 years of age no matter how much their cholesterol declined, and no benefit in woman of any age.
Yes, I stopped taking a statin drug 3-years ago and last year I even stopped taking Zetia and my blood work including HDL, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels are the best they have been since testing back in the late 1980's; I'm 58 years old.
Do your own independent research, learn an listen. Drugs do provide benefits for some individuals. Talk with your health professional or doctor before making any drastic changes.