Generic Atorvastatin Hits the Market Reply

The first generic version of Lipitor (atorvastatin) became available today as the exclusive patent held by Pfizer finally expired. Lipitor was by far the most successful prescription drug in history.

Watson Pharmaceuticals announced an authorized generic version. One other company, Ranbaxy, has been authorized to market atorvastatin, but has struggled to gain FDA approval of its manufacturing plant. The company has said it will launch its generic version of atorvastatin later this week.

For the next six months Pfizer, Watson and Ranbaxy are the only companies that will be authorized to sell atorvastatin. In 6 months, however, the floodgates will open, and the price of atoravastatin will drop to pennies per day.

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