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BMJ articles 'overestimated statin risk by 20 times'

15 May 2014 Last updated at 10:25 BST

Articles published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggesting that statins may be harmful overestimated the risk of the side-effects they pose "by more than 20 times", Sir Rory Collins has said.

Sir Rory, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Oxford, claims that the use of statin treatment has been proven by trials to be "safe" and "well-tolerated".

However, the British Medical Journal's Dr Fiona Godley told the Today programme that despite errors, there are nevertheless legitimate concerns surrounding the cholesterol-reducing drugs.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 15 May.