The important point is that the "dangers" of Crestor discussed in the article are NOT unique to this drug. What happened to Otis Elliott is unfortunate (although it's nice that he's recovering better than expected -- his was one of the worst of the rare rhabdo cases). but the same thing has happened to people taking Lipitor and Pravachol as well. There have been no deaths due to Crestor. It's a drug-class rare side effect. Relative to cholesterol-lowering impact, Crestor has shown about the same incidence of rhabdo (severe, life-threatening muscle deterioration that can destroy the kidneys) as the other currently-marketed statins. And again that happens very rarely for Crestor (and Lipitor et al), especially at low doses. It is not anywhere near the rate that was seen for Baycol, which was taken off the market a few years ago. (Interestingly, it was a news report that I Googled up from Elliott's hometown TV station's website that made the absolutely ridiculous claim that no other currently marketed statins have ever caused the malady he suffered.)
Now, Crestor has indeed shown a unique-among-statins, but rare, incidence of non-rhabdo kidney dysfunction, but this was only at the high doses Rahod referred to. There have been more problems in Europe than the US because doctors there have paid less attention to Crestor's instructions to always start with a low dose. (There has been some re-labeling there as a result.) And BTW, lots of approved drugs, as well as over-the-counter herbs and supplements, can rarely cause kidney failure, hepatitis, pancreatitis, and more.
Unfortunately, the press and TV get more mileage out of playing up the sensationalistic angle and paying scant attention to facts, good science and statistics. (I just love the reports that say, "40 people suffered such-and-such" without telling you the vital fact of OUT OF HOW MANY??) And, quite understandably, people who have had problems with a drug -- *any* drug -- are more likely to post about their experiences than those who had good experiences.
Granted, the Lancet feels Crestor was rushed to market with insufficient testing, but it was actually tested on far more people than any statin that preceded it.
People (including myself) are good at being skeptical of drug companies' motives. Like many others, Crestor maker AstraZeneca has pulled its share of stunts (misleading studies, attempts to suppress generics, etc.). But please, people, realize that you must have equal skepticism of the exaggerated and often irresponsiible "danger" claims you see in the media, on the internet (those malpractice lawyers salivate over this stuff), and from "consumer protection" groups like Ralph Nader/Sidney Wolfe's Public Citizen. It would be interesting to see the extent to which reactions changed if the news reports pointed out that Public Citizen also lists Lipitor as a "bad drug" that nobody should take. (As I said before, they say that Zocor and Pravachol are "good drugs.")
If you look at the link below, be sure to look at the Q&A, too. Obviously there can be some bias because it is on the manufacturer's website, but they do make some good points.