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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Exaggerated Risk Warnings Cost Lives - The Nocebo Effect

It seems that exaggerated/false claims about the risks of statins may have cost the lives of tens of thousands of Britons.

That at least is the conclusion of a Lancet study that found the drugs do not cause side-effects which have deterred many.

The Telegraph reports that research on 10,000 people found that if they did not know what drugs they were given, they were no more likely than those given sugar pills to report symptoms such as muscle pain, sleep disturbance and cognitive impairment.

However, when participants in a second part of the trial were told the drugs were statins, rates of some reported side-effects shot up - with muscle pain appearing up to 41 per cent more common.

This is known as the "nocebo effect" where patients were more likely to think they were experiencing side-effects if they expected them.

Prof Peter Sever, from Imperial College London, urged the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to now strip packets of such warnings, in order to save “tens if not hundreds of thousands of lives”.

Let's also do that on packets of fags, paracetamols and booze!

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