It can reduce the level of medications such as the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin (Mevacor, Altocor
), and the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil (Viagra).
www.baxter.com TABLE: SIMILAR SOUNDING DRUG NAMES THAT COULD RESULT IN A MEDICATION ERROR Drug Name Confused With Abelcet Amphotericin B Accupril Aciphex Acetazolamide Acetohexamide Aciphex Aricept Aciphex Accupril Activase TNKase Actonel Actos Adderall Inderal Advicor Altocor
Aggrastat Argatroban Adapted from Medication Safety Alert.
The six HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) are atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor, Altocor
), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor).
The $AVE program offers Altocor extended-release tablets, a well tolerated and highly effective cholesterol medication, at a price that can result in up to $1,000 a year in savings over comparable national brand-name products.
Launched nationally in June, the program brings the price of Altocor below prices in Canada and even under those of some generic products in the same therapeutic class.
The individual need only present the card and prescription for Altocor to the pharmacist at the point of sale to enjoy the savings.
Operating under the banner SAVE (Select Altocor for Value and Effectiveness), the initiative is designed to provide needy patients with Altocor (lovastatin) extended-release tablets at a price that saves patients as much as $1,000 a year.
The program gives cash-paying patients access to Altocor for 12 months regardless of their age or income.
"With the cholesterol drug Altocor and the SAVE program I can make sure my patients fill their prescriptions and take their cholesterol medication, because it's affordable," declares one physician.
Initially the program for cash-paying customers is limited to Altocor, the company's first branded drug.
SAVE is a card program that will allow patients to purchase Altocor [a cholesterol-lowering drug] at a guaranteed price for as long as they stay on the drug, "and that guaranteed price will be even lower than the price we are offering now," explains Lane, adding the savings will compare with those provided by Pfizer Inc.
Meanwhile, Andrx Corp., a company with a history of marketing generics, is expected to debut Altocor
, a new cholesterol-lowering drug that marks the company's first-ever branded drug.