January 16, 2012 |
Lipitor is the most prescribed name-brand drug in America - nearly 3.5 million people take it every day to control their cholesterol. Since the statin entered the market in 1997, it's earned New York-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. $81 billion, making it the best-selling prescription drug of all time, according to IMS Health, a Danbury, Conn.-based healthcare information company. So when Lipitor's patent protection came to an end Nov. 30 and a generic alternative became available, an awful lot of patients had a decision to make: Should they stick with the drug they knew or switch to something less expensive?
December 1, 2011 |
For millions of Americans, prescription drugs are about to get a lot cheaper. Patents on some of the most popular medications will expire over the next few years, giving consumers access to less expensive generic versions — and costing the pharmaceutical industry an estimated $100 billion in lost sales through 2015. Lipitor, a cholesterol-fighting medication that is the top-selling prescription drug of all time, lost its patent protection Wednesday. The drug's manufacturer, Pfizer Inc., already has slashed its price to as little as $4 a month for privately insured patients, the majority of Lipitor users.
November 30, 2011 |
Lipitor, the top-selling drug that lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) will cease being Pfizer's cash cow as of Wednesday. The brand-name drug will still be available, but now patients can ask for the less-expensive generic version, called atorvastin. Lipitor generated more than $100 billion in revenue for Pfizer since it was approved in 1997. Patients need not fear that generic atorvastatin will be an inferior medication. According a 2010 study in the journal Clinical Therapeutics , patients receiving Lipitor in an eight-week study had a 48% reduction in LDL cholesterol compared to a 44% reduction among people taking the generic.
March 1, 2010 |
My mother has Type 2 diabetes and has had a terrible time controlling her blood sugar, even taking metformin and Actos. I suspect that the risperidone and Lipitor she takes might be making this harder. Many drugs can make blood-sugar control more difficult. Diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide, certain beta blockers such as Coreg, the arthritis medicine Celebrex and the antipsychotics Risperdal (risperidone), Seroquel and Zyprexa can raise blood sugar. It also has been reported as a side effect of Lipitor.
October 26, 2009 |
My husband has high cholesterol. His doctor put him on Lipitor. After the dosage was increased, I noticed he wasn't as enthusiastic about our previously very active sex life. He said he wasn't feeling aroused and his usual morning erections weren't occurring. He asked his doctor if the Lipitor might be responsible, and the doc said to stop it for a month and see what happened. Our sex life is back to normal. He takes niacin, eats oatmeal and exercises, but is unwilling to have his cholesterol checked.
May 15, 2009 |
Pfizer Inc. said it would give away more than 70 of its most widely prescribed drugs, including Lipitor and Viagra, for as much as a year to people who have lost jobs since Jan. 1 and have been taking the drug for three months or more. Pfizer stands to benefit too, by keeping its customers and getting a tax write-off that will cover much of the cost of the donations. The move also buys the world's largest drug maker some goodwill as Washington looks to overhaul the healthcare system.