4327 - Statins (Answered)

David Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department evaluates the effectiveness of statins used in the NHS.

George Freeman

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the national body responsible for issuing best practice guidance for the National Health Service in England. NICE has published a clinical guideline on lipid modification: cardiovascular risk assessment and the modification of blood lipids for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, which makes recommendations on the effective use of statins. This is available at:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg181