Doctors issue alert over 'statin' supplement's liver risks

Red yeast rice is not a 'harmless supplement' and has the potential to cause liver injury, case report says

Doctors are warning about the dangers of taking red yeast rice supplements to lower cholesterol after a woman developed acute liver damage. 

Red yeast rice supplements are commonly used for hyperlipidaemia as they contain monacolin K, the same active chemical in lovastatin.