I don't know if new drugs will be as dangerous as statins.
I have a theory, based on evidence I have accrued, that lowering cholesterol to an extent, and consequently lowering C-Reactive protein, is a good thing for the prevention of heart disease. But only to an extent.
My theory is that an LDL of 125 or so should be the goal. Anything lower than that creates problems.
Consider this: the oligodendrocytes continuously rebuild the myelin sheath, which is the coating for nerve cells. Oligos use lipids to do their job. If we lower lipids too far, it would make sense that the myelin sheath would experience failure in the same sense as taking non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) blocks prostaglandlin, which is used to rebuild the stomach lining, causing failure in that system if these drugs are taken in too great an amount for too long.
With statins, if the cholesterol levels are driven too low, the myelin could theoretically fail to be rebuilt because of a deficiency of lipids and people would develop multiple sclerosis like symptoms, since multiple sclerosis involves a failure of the myelin sheath (in the case of MS it's presumed that T-cells attack the myelin, but let's not go into that here).
By the way, ALS is also a failure of the myelin sheath.
The bottom line is that too low a cholesterol level might be a bad thing, which might explain why the people I've known who were on statins with no side effects were people whose cholesterol was originally very high, while people who started out with near normal cholesterol almost always had side effects.
I'm guessing, of course, that in those folks who started with very high cholesterol, statins lowered their levels to the normal range, which their body and oligodendrocytes tolerated well. But if someone's cholesterol is initially close to normal or even low, then taking a statin and/or other cholesterol lowering medication might put that person in the danger zone.
In other words, in my opinion, cholesterol should be between range A and range B, and not lower. Range A - and I'm guessing based on studies I've read - should be an LDL of 125. This will need to be proven in double blind studies, obviously.
Put it another way: you can be too thin, too rich, and have too low of a cholesterol.
Okay, maybe not too rich. But I digress ...
Anyway, these are theories. Someone with big money and power has to bear them out, or prove them wrong. And I hope they do, either way.
Have a nice day if you want to.