Harvard Health Letter

What you should know about: Generic vs. brand-name statins

Statins are among the most widely prescribed medications in the world, and their cholesterol-lowering properties are reducing heart disease risk for millions of people. Statins are available in generic and brand-name versions. The cost differences can be significant, with some generics costing about $12 a month, compared with brand-name statins that can run $500 a month. There are seven different types of statins approved for use in the United States, and each one works in the body a little differently. Patients also report different responses to various statins, as well as to generic and brand-name versions of the same statin type.
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