Researchers warn consumers should “be wary” of buying statins on the Internet

HealthDay reports, “Be wary of buying the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins on the Internet,” British researchers said in a study published in the journal Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety.

“Common statins such as Lipitor [atorvastatin], Crestor [rosuvastatin] or Zocor [simvastatin] may not be the same as advertised and sites often don’t include warnings about side effects or even require a prescription, the researchers noted.”

The researchers “looked at 184 Internet sites offering statins,” and found that “more than 92 percent of these sites did not include information on contraindications for statins,” while “another 47 percent didn’t include information on drugs that shouldn’t be taken along with statins.”

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