Is It A Drug Or Isn't It?

A cholesterol remedy sparks an FDA test case

An enticing new health-care product claims to lower cholesterol levels by 25 to 40 points. Its package lists a naturally occurring substance called lovastatin as an active ingredient--the same chemical as in Merck & Co.'s cholesterol-lowering drug, Mevacor. Even its name, Cholestin, has a druglike ring.

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