The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Consumer Alert: 3 red yeast products

    The FDA warns to avoid these “natural” treatments for high cholesterol.

    • Red Yeast Rice sold by Swanson Healthcare Products and manufactured by Nature’s Value Inc.
    • Red Yeast Rice/Policosonal Complex sold by Swanson Healthcare Products, Inc. and manufactured by Kabco Inc.
    • Cholestrix sold by Sunburst Biorganics

    Somehow, lovastatin (Mevacor), a prescription drug to treat high cholesterol, found its way into the products, which can be purchased over the Internet.

    Image that.

    The risk is that lovastatin can cause severe muscle problems leading to kidney impairment. The risk is greater if you add these “natural” product to ongoing prescription lovastatin treatment. Concurrent treatment with certain other drugs can also increase this risk.

    Read this and this. Then, talk to your healthcare provider.

    8/10/07 16:31 JR

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