Cholesterol Lowering Drugs is Big Business
Drugs sales to lower cholesterol in the United States account for the number one type of drug sold. In 2002, lipid lowering drugs, which are the kind used to lower cholesterol, totaled $12.5 billion in U.S. sales.
The top two drug sales were Lipitor and Zocor, respectively, which are in a class of drugs known as statins. Statin drugs lower cholesterol by reducing the Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol which is considered the “bad” cholesterol. Their sales alone, added up to $10.3 billion in 2002. Lipitor sales came from more than 231,000 prescriptions.
In an effort to reduce the cost to the consumer for cholesterol lowering drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking at which would be the most likely candidates for Over-the-Counter (OTC) status. Currently, top considerations are Mevacor, Pravachol, Lescol, Lipitor, and Zocor.
Another factor expected to affect the cost and availability of cholesterol lowering drugs is competition. More and more pharmaceutical companies are looking at producing drugs that compete directly with the current top name drugs. The FDA allows drug manufacturers to market drugs for a number of years before manufacturers are allowed to produce and market a generic version. This is to allow them to recuperate the cost of researching and testing the drug and getting it approved by the FDA – a figure well in the tens and hundreds of million dollar range, depending on the drug.
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