Monday, December 5, 2011


Today marks a milestone in the drug industry. The top-selling drug Lipitor will now be pushed aside by new generics as Pfizer’s patents run out.

Lipitor has been a mega blockbuster. Last year, Pfizer sold over $10 billion of the drugs to millions of patients all over the world to lower their cholesterol.

The sales of Lipitor in dollars over the years were 100 billion.

As new generics come on line the price of Lipitor will of necessity come down. Generics are rapidly taking over the drug industry. It was estimated about 8 out of 10 prescriptions today are generic.

This is good news for all those patients now taking Lipitor.

The status of drugs, new and old, is something I monitor closely, as it relates to my Fort Myers plastic surgery practice.

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