Analyzes the Effectiveness and Safety of Statin Use for Those Who Need It

Recommendations for Choosing a 'Best Buy' Statin and Strategies for Money-Saving

YONKERS, N.Y., June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A series of new reports from Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs (BBD) caution that the benefits of statin use by children and some women may not outweigh the risks. Drugs to lower cholesterol — including statins — are the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. and garnered more than $14 billion in sales last year.

The BBD reports also analyze the effectiveness of statin drugs to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart attack and death and to treat people who have cardiovascular disease. The report finds that a number of low-cost generic statins are as effective and safe as more expensive brand-name drugs in reducing these risks. The Consumer Reports BBD reports coincide with the introduction of Livalo, the so-called 7th statin, in an already crowded class of drugs.

The reports, available for free at, note that there are no long-term studies of statin use in kids that establish whether or not these medications reduce the number of heart attacks or other cardiovascular events in adulthood. There is also concern over the long-term potential risk for children and adolescents who use these medications for years or decades, particularly the effects on the developing central nervous system, organs, immune function, and ho