Statin prescriptions in England rise again

9 July 2014        

Pack of statins/cholesterol/hypercholestemia tablets

Prescriptions for statins and other cholesterol lowering drugs in England increased last year to 66.8m, according to new figures by the Health & Social Care Information Service.

The figure is a 3 per cent increase on 2012 when 64.4m lipid lowering drugs were prescribed. Over the last 10 years, the number of prescriptions for lipid lowering drugs has trebled, rising from 22m in 2003 to over 66m in 2013.

Maureen Talbot, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “The prescription of cholesterol lowering medications has been increasing steadily for many years now.

“This reflects the efforts that have been made to better identify people at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease through initiatives such as the NHS Health Checks programme.

“Statins are one of the most studied medicines available today. They have been proven to be safe and effective and are vital in helping reduce people’s risk of heart attack and stroke.”