Warning for consumers buying statins online

February 2, 2012 2:52:49 PM PST
Common statins such as Lipitor, Crestor or Zocor may not be the same as advertised and websites often don't include warnings about side effects or even require a prescription, according to a new British study in the journal Pharmaco-Epidemiology and Drug Safety.

Scientists looked at 184 internet sites offering statins. Up to 96 percent of the sites didn't include information on adverse symptoms to watch out for.

Experts say the problem is less likely to happen in the US because high potency generic statins are available for cheap prices at big-box stores.

But, authors say, make sure the site requires a prescription and has a pharmacist available to answer questions.