Number Needed to Treat (NNT)

"For a man with a hammer in the hand and wanting to use it, everything here looks like a nail needing hammering." ~ Mark Twain

I wonder how many people are on Cholesterol lowering pills? Are you?

Do you know about NNT (Number Needed to Treat)?

The Number Needed to Treat (NNT) is the number of patients you need to treat to prevent one additional bad outcome (death, stroke, etc.). For example, if a drug has an NNT of 5, it means you have to treat 5 people with the drug to prevent one additional bad outcome.

I wonder if the people who are on Cholesterol lowering pills know about this or NNT = 104.

NNTs and Statins

According to The NNT Group, Statin drugs given for five years, in order to prevent heart disease in people who have no history of heart disease, is 104.(2) That means that 104 people have to take Statins in order to prevent one extra person from having a heart attack.

104 people have to be treated daily with Statin drugs for 5 years to prevent 1 person from having a heart attack.

What is the NNT for Lipitor?

So to spare one person a heart attack, 100 people had to take Lipitor for more than three years. The other 99 got no measurable benefit. Or to put it in terms of a little-known but useful statistic, the number needed to treat (or NNT) for one person to benefit is 100... The NNT is 1.1.

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Sounds like a billion dollar drug(s) to me. Wrong!!!

By 2020 these will become trillion dollar products. For me personally, I try to stay FAR away from any pharmaceutical drugs as long as I can. I am not anti-drug, I am just pro-health. Many of my colleagues think I am anti-drug. I am pro drug once you get diagnosed... but the whole point is to never be diagnosed with anything. Correct?

There are better ways to control Cholesterol and I have been helping many families for years now. Ask me how if you are interested via private message.


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Disclaimer: Above information is readily available on the Internet. Those who are on prescription drugs must do their due diligence.