Therapeutics Any of a family of agents that ↓ serum cholesterol; the most cost-effective agents for lowering LDL-C are nicotinic acid and lovastatin; the most efficient for ↑ HDL-C are nicotinic acid and gemfibrozil
"The guidelines have altered how doctors may decide whether patients should be getting prescription drugs, with a concurrent expansion in the number of people who are now judged to benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs," he said.
According to the CDC, the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs among those 18 to 64 years old has increased more than sixfold since 1988-1994, due in part to the introduction and acceptance of statin drugs to lower cholesterol.
Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering drug with an average cost of $75; Zoloft, an antidepressant with an average cost of $55; Protonix, a drug used for gastritis/ esophagitis with an average cost of $85; Paxil, an antidepressant with an average cost of $73; and Effexor XR, an antidepressant with an average cost of $84.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Results of a new study by neurological researchers at Rush University Medical Center showed that a widely used cholesterol-lowering drug may prevent progression of Parkinson's disease.
But a study published in the October 2002 issue of the journal Circulation found the cholesterol-lowering drug, simvastatin (Zocor), a statin, significantly reduced cholesterol levels in children with an inherited form of high cholesterol.
German drugmaker Bayer AG said Wednesday it is recalling a cholesterol-lowering drug in every country except Japan because of a life-threatening side effect produced when the drug is taken together with another cholesterol medicine.
According to the report, traditional medication (non-specialty) spending dropped 1.5% in a year marked by the largest generic drug launch in history when cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor went off patent.