It has been suggested (for the second time, I think) that statins should be prescribed for everyone over fifty and that doing so would dramatically reduce the number of strokes and heart attacks. The report I read was fairly dismissive about side effects, but I know that Mr absent found them intolerable. (As his cholesterol level is naturally low, his GP stopped prescribing statins.) The report was not conclusive about their effectiveness when taken by women as the tests, like most medical tests, were done mainly on men. I am not enthusiastic about mass medication and think it would be better to check people's blood cholesterol first before dishing out pills. There was no mention of whether statins might conflict with other medication.
Is this going to turn out like the advice about taking a weak dose of aspirin daily for the same reason? (The side effects can be a problem and it doesn't protect people who have not already had a stroke or heart attack.)