Simvastatin - Generic Zocor®

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On Friday, June 23, the Federal Food and Drug Administration approved simvastatin, the first generic version of Zocor®. Simvastatin is recommended for use along with a diet restricted in saturated fat and cholesterol to treat hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) and to reduce the amount of certain fatty substances in the blood such as triglycerides and other lipids.

Simvastatin Tablets (5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg) are manufactured by IVAX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IVAX) of Northvale, New Jersey and simvastatin tablets (80 mg) are manufactured by Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Princeton, New Jersey. The companies will receive a 180 day exclusivity in selling the drugs. Once the 6 month period has passed, expect many others to enter the market and prices will plummet further on the generic Simvastatin.

The introduction of Simvastatin is expected to save consumers millions of dollars, as the lower priced generic enters the market. is not dispensing medical advice. Questions about your own cholesterol levels should be addressed to your physician.

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