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Dr. Wortham is on the Speaker's Bureau of Novartis (East Hanover, New Jersey), Sanofi Aventis (Bridgewater, New Jersey); Dr. Thompson has received grant/research support from Merck (West Point, Pennsylvania), Pfizer (New York, New York), Astra Zeneca (Wilmington, Delaware), B. Braun (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), GlaxoSmithKline (Research Triangle Pk, North Carolina), Roche (Nutley, New Jersey), and Genomas (Hartford, Connecticut); has been a Consultant to Astra Zeneca, Merck, Schering-Plough (Liberty Corner, New Jersey), Takeda (Deerfield, Illinois), Roche, Genomas, and Abbott (North Chicago, Illinois); has been on the Speaker's Bureau for Merck, Pfizer, Abbott, Astra Zeneca, Schering-Plough, Stock; and has been a shareholder in Zoll (Chelmsford, Massachusetts), General Electric (Fairfield, Connecticut), JA Wiley Publishing (StreetHoboken, New Jersey), Zimmer (West Center Street Warsaw, Indiana), Medtronic (Minneapolis, Minnesota), and Merck. Work performed at the Cholesterol Management Center, Henry Low Heart Center, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut.
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- All Red Yeast Rice Products Are Not Created Equal—or LegalAmerican Journal of CardiologyVol. 106Issue 3
- PreviewThe American Journal of Cardiology recently published a reported titled “Lipid-Lowering Efficacy of Red Yeast Rice in a Population Intolerant to Statins.”1 The investigators reported that 25 patients with known histories of intolerance to statin drugs, when treated with red yeast rice, averaged a 21% decrease in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, with few side effects. In this uncontrolled study, patients were allowed to purchase their own choices of red yeast rice products, and their selections were not reported.