On 12 May 2014, the ABC’s Independent Audience and Consumer Affairs Unit released the findings of its investigation into the two-part Catalyst program on statins and heart disease, which aired in October 2013.
The program was found to have breached the ABC’s standards on impartiality, in particular in relation to assertions that heart disease and cholesterol were unrelated and the program’s downplaying of the affects and importance of anti-cholesterol drugs, including statins. The report noted that the inherent danger when a program criticises medical practices or advice is that people will act without consulting experts or fully considering the consequences.
In a similar case, the British Medical Journal issued a public retraction of statements in an article published in the BMJ that 20% of patients of statins suffered side-effects.
To view the report, click here