The future of public health intervention will be more of a holding exercise than a pre-emptive strike if the view of some researchers at Imperial College London becomes the norm.
Dr Darrel Francis and colleagues, from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial, reckon that fast food restaurants should give out free statins so customers can neutralise the negative cardiovascular impact of scoffing burgers and fries.
Writing in the American Journal of Cardiology, Dr Francis said: “We’ve worked out that in terms of your likelihood of having a heart attack, taking a statin can reduce your risk to more or less the same degree as a fast food meal increases it.”
Beyond the Bedpan thinks this sounds a bit like taking poison and then an antidote, just for fun.
Anyway, can we expect to find simvastatin, or dare we say it “Mcstatin”, next to the ketchup in the condiments tray? Probably not, but one would hope the cafeteria at Imperial is a burger free zone already?