This month, 10-mg doses of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin
(Zocor) are expected to become available to the public in the United Kingdom
without requiring a prescription. The UK government hopes making it easier
for individuals to acquire a low-cost statin (expected to cost under $1 per
day; higher-dose prescription statins cost about $4) will increase the drug's
use and reduce cardiovascular mortality and morbidity .
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