The story of whether available red yeast rice products, over the last decade, actually have contained lovastatin is ridiculously complex and cryptic, but as recently as a few months ago the FDA (and DrRich) thought that all such products finally had been made completely bereft of any whiff of lovastatin (and thus, of any efficacy.)
Yesterday, however, the FDA issued a warning to consumers and health care professionals: some red yeast rice products, in fact, still contain lovastatin. These, according to the FDA's bulletin, are "Red Yeast Rice and Red Yeast Rice/Policosonal Complex, sold by Swanson Healthcare Products, Inc. and manufactured by Nature’s Value Inc. and Kabco Inc., respectively; and Cholestrix, sold by Sunburst Biorganics." The FDA warns consumers to avoid these products.
There is little doubt that these products are at this moment being rapidly purged from your grocers' shelves. DrRich is passing this along as a public service to the nation, and to all those people who have been writing to ask me if I know of any red yeast rice products that still contain a statin. I can finally answer: Yes, but only for a very limited time.
If you want to reduce your cholesterol by taking a statin, but without losing your shirt to the big drug companies, ask your doctor about generic statin drugs. They're readily available, really only a bit more expensive than red yeast rice, and as a bonus the statin dosage (which is known, unlike with the "natural" product) can be controlled and adjusted to optimize your results. And think of all the gas you'll save by not having to drive to 20 - 30 stores to find the last few bottles of effective red yeast rice before the feds do.