What Could Generic Statins Do to the Business of Reducing Cholesterol?
Statin drugs have long been used as a fast and effective way to reduce cholesterol. Most pharmacists and physicians see the class of statin drugs as pretty much interchangeable. The way they prescribe these drugs to reduce cholesterol may soon change when as early as June 2006 a generic version of the statin drug Zocor could hit the market. That is when Zocor will its protection against the manufacturer of a generic version of the drug. Such a step could affect the sales of all interchangeable statin drugs.
Statin drugs such as Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor will most likely lose sales once a cheaper way to reduce cholesterol comes on the market. Insurance companies may push for patients with high cholesterol, who will probably need to take the drugs for the rest of their lives, to go for a less expensive option.
Many, mostly the big pharmaceutical companies, argue that the generic Zocor is not a good as the brand name. They site added research and better controls during the manufacturing process as some of the reasons why. In reality, they are probably equal in their ability to reduce cholesterol and the same when it comes to the side effects they may cause. Statin drugs have been known to cause nausea and vomiting as some of the milder side effects and on the severe end of the spectrum muscle weakness and soreness. Muscle soreness from taking statin drugs may indicate kidney failure.
While the competition heats up among statin drug manufacturers, you can take action to reduce cholesterol naturally and without side effects. Nutrients found in everyday food combinations and through the safe use of supplements will help reduce LDL cholesterol. Coupled with exercise, total cholesterol can be reduced significantly in less than 2 months. To learn more, get The 60-Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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