As reported in Drug Safety, 650 surveyed patients taking statins to lower
cholesterol reported that doctors frequently ignored or dismissed reported
concerns about the medication’s side effects. Findings suggest that this pattern of
reaction goes beyond statins to other medicines. Survey respondents were in their
early 60’s on average and mostly from the U.S. Some respondents engaged the
online survey on web sites where patients had posted complaints, raising the
possibility that respondents were more apt to have had side effects than the
average patient. The study’s lead researcher noted that overwhelmingly, it was
the patient who initiated the conversation about side effects. Many doctors
attributed the symptoms reported to the normal aging process, denied their
connection to statins or dismissed such reported concerns altogether. U.S.
patients can report possible medication side effects directly to the US Food and
Drug Administration by logging onto the MedWatch web site at www.fda.gov/medwatch/
Source: Drug Safety. 30(8):669-675, 2007. Golomb, Beatrice A 1 2; McGraw, John
J 1 3; Evans, Marcella A 1; Dimsdale, Joel E 4.