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Can switching to generic lipitor lower costs?

Yes, switching to generic Lipitor can lower costs. Lipitor, a medication used to treat high cholesterol, was originally manufactured by Pfizer and became available in 1996 [1]. The drug's patent expired in 2011, allowing other manufacturers to produce generic versions [1].

When a drug loses its patent, other companies can produce and sell generic versions of the drug, leading to increased competition in the market [2]. This competition often results in lower prices for consumers [2]. According to, the cost of generic atorvastatin calcium (the active ingredient in Lipitor) can be as low as 10% of the brand-name drug's price [1].

However, it is important to note that while generic drugs must contain the same active ingredients as their brand-name counterparts, they may differ in inactive ingredients, such as fillers and dyes [3]. As a result, some people may experience differences in side effects or effectiveness between brand-name and generic drugs [3]. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare provider before switching medications.

In summary, switching to generic Lipitor can lower costs, as generic versions of the drug are available at a fraction of the price of the brand-name drug. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before making any changes to medication regimens.


1. "[Atorvastatin Calcium (US) Patent Expirations](,"
2. "Generic Drugs: Lower Costs, Same Results," U.S. Food and Drug Administration, <>.
3. "Generic Drugs: Questions and Answers," U.S. Food and Drug Administration, <>.

Follow-up:   How much can switching to generic Lipitor save? Does generic Lipitor have same effectiveness? What factors affect switching to generic Lipitor costs?

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