This is an excellent and important read from The Conversation. It argues that newspapers misreporting on the ongoing debate is likely to lead to more deaths from cardiovascular disease.
Source: BMJ vs The Lancet: there are no winners in the ‘statins war’
Whilst, I endorse the conclusion that statins can save lives. I do not accept the evidence for statins to be universally prescribed for people over a certain age. Also I believe that borderline cases should be treated by a change in lifestyle first before necessarily prescribing statins for life with their associated side affects. Also there are a number of herbal solutions which need to be considered too.