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How does lipitor compare in price to other statins?



Lipitor is a popular brand-name medication used to treat high cholesterol levels in the blood. It belongs to a class of drugs known as statins, which work by reducing the production of cholesterol in the liver. According to drugpatentwatch.com [1], Lipitor's patent expired in 2011, which has led to the availability of generic versions of the drug.

In terms of price, Lipitor is generally more expensive than other statins, both brand-name and generic. According to GoodRx [2], a website that tracks drug prices, the average retail price for a 30-day supply of Lipitor is around $300. In comparison, the average retail price for a 30-day supply of generic atorvastatin (the generic version of Lipitor) is around $10. Other statins, such as simvastatin and pravastatin, are even less expensive, with average retail prices of around $5 and $20, respectively.

However, it's important to note that the intensity of the statin medication can also affect the price. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine [3] found that high-intensity statins, such as atorvastatin (Lipitor) and rosuvastatin (Crestor), were more expensive than moderate- or low-intensity statins. This is because high-intensity statins are generally more effective at lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease.

In conclusion, Lipitor is generally more expensive than other statins, both brand-name and generic. However, the intensity of the medication can also affect the price, with high-intensity statins being more expensive than moderate- or low-intensity statins. Patients should consult with their healthcare provider to determine the best statin medication for their individual needs and budget.

Sources:
[1] https://www.drugpatentwatch.com/p/tradename/LIPITOR
[2] https://www.goodrx.com/classes/statins/intensity-comparison-chart
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1779361/



Follow-up:   Is Lipitor the most affordable statin? How does Lipitor's cost compare to Crestor? Are there any generic Lipitor alternatives available?





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