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[QUOTE=momcat1]I showed my doc the others that remain and he says none of them work similarly enough to make a decent substitute. They're keeping Crestor, Zocor, lovastatin and Vytorin.[/QUOTE]

Bad, poorly informed doctor there...or else he's well paid to prescribe Lipitor.
Crestor is a stronger substitute, Zocor is a weaker one, Vytorin is a mixed formulation. All THREE are good substitutes for Lipitor and you can adjust the dosage to get the same results.
In fact, if I read the PATENTS correctly, simvastatin (Zocor) may be going generic in 2006 and then ALL the insurance companies will want it at the top of their formulary because it will be cheapest of the bunch (and a good drug to boot.)
Probably lovastatin is the clinker in the bunch because it might be TOO weak.

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