OTC statins

Statins, which are used to lower cholesterol and are currently available only on prescription could be made available over the counter at pharmacies within the next six months. A consultation document published by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency suggest that pharmacists should be able to supply the statin Zocor Hear Pro following simple health checks carried out on the spot. 1.5 million people are currently receiving statin therapy potentially saving about 6700 lives a year as well as reducing the number of heart attacks, according to the Department of Health.

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