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Lipitor loses patent, goes generic

(CNN) — Lipitor, the popular cholesterol-lowering drug, loses its patent Wednesday, paving the way for cheaper generic versions.

"For generic drugs, they have the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug and the big difference is they tend to be significantly less expensive," said Dr. Glen Stettin, chief medical officer of Medco, one of the country’s largest pharmacy benefits manager.


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