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Medical News & Perspectives
July 21, 2004

Are OTC Statins Ready for Prime Time?

JAMA. 2004;292(3):317-318. doi:10.1001/jama.292.3.317

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 .