HealthMedical Minute: The Importance Of Statin Drugs Dr. Ford Vox • Aug 11, 2017 Share FILE - This Nov. 15, 2005 file photo shows 40 milligram tablets of Lipitor, one kind of statin used for lowering blood cholesterol, in Glen Rock, N.J. A study led by a Boston researcher and presented Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 finds that offering people free medicines after a heart attack can help cut the chances they will suffer another one. It also saves them about $500 for health care over the next year without raising costs for insurers. However, doctors were shocked that only about half of these patients filled their prescriptions even though they got them free. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) Credit Mel Evans, File / Associated Press Audio version of this story here. Today on “Medical Minute,” WABE medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox highlights the importance of statin drugs and how for most people, the benefits far outweigh the risks of side effects, which are often overplayed online. For more information: Continued Statin Prescriptions After Adverse Reactions and Patient Outcomes: A Cohort Study. Annals of Internal Medicine Like us on Facebook Related Stories Despite Poor Rankings, Report Finds Georgia Making Strides In Care For Mothers, Babies Fighting The Doctor Shortage In Rural Georgia Public Comment Deadline Approaching For Governor’s Health Care Proposals Atlanta Ballet To Perform 'Nutcracker' At Fox For Last Time Before Move To Cobb County Atlanta Business Owner Brings SustainAble Home Goods To Ponce City Market How Teachers Are Trying To Help Students Identify 'Real' News Kelly Loeffler To Be Georgia's Next Senator, Second Female Georgia Senator In History How Atlanta Became The Capital Of Income Inequality The Music Of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Comes To Atlanta U.S. House Passes Bill To Restore Key Parts Of Voting Rights Act Atlanta Again Named Most Unequal City In The U.S.