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Statin wars: have we been misled about the evidence? A narrative review

Overview of attention for article published in British Journal of Sports Medicine, January 2018
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (97th percentile)

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11 news outlets
blogs
1 blog
twitter
729 tweeters
facebook
16 Facebook pages
reddit
1 Redditor

Citations

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Title
Statin wars: have we been misled about the evidence? A narrative review
Published in
British Journal of Sports Medicine, January 2018
DOI 10.1136/bjsports-2017-098497
Pubmed ID
Authors

Maryanne Demasi

Abstract

Statins are the most widely prescribed, cholesterol-lowering drugs in the world. Despite the expiration of their patents, revenue for statins is expected to rise, with total sales on track to reach an estimated US$1 trillion by 2020. A bitter dispute has erupted among doctors over suggestions that statins should be prescribed to millions of healthy people at low risk of heart disease. There are concerns that the benefits have been exaggerated and the risks have been underplayed. Also, the raw data on the efficacy and safety of statins are being kept secret and have not been subjected to scrutiny by other scientists. This lack of transparency has led to an erosion of public confidence. Doctors and patients are being misled about the true benefits and harms of statins, and it is now a matter of urgency that the raw data from the clinical trials are released.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 85 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 14 16%
Student > Bachelor 13 15%
Other 11 13%
Student > Master 9 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 6%
Other 16 19%
Unknown 17 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 30 35%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 6%
Sports and Recreations 3 4%
Other 14 16%
Unknown 19 22%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 509. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 September 2021.
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#29,696
of 18,914,672 outputs
Outputs from British Journal of Sports Medicine
#90
of 5,796 outputs
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#1,028
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Outputs of similar age from British Journal of Sports Medicine
#3
of 88 outputs
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