SHERMAN, TEXAS - Hundreds of Texomans suffer from high cholesterol, but many of them can't take their medication because they can't afford it. That will change this week after Lipitor goes generic.
Millions of people in the US suffer from high cholesterol and many of them depend on what's become the best-selling prescription drug, Lipitor.
But there are thousands of patients living on a fixed income, who can't afford the popular brand.
Starting Wednesday that will all change, after the drug's maker, Pfizer, loses its patent protection, opening the door for cheaper generic brands.
Most pharmacies will carry the generic, Atorvastatin and the co-payment could drop as low as $10 depending on the prescription drug plan, which could save a patient roughly $160 dollars a year.
Doctor David Engleman from Texas Health Presbyterian - WNJ says Pfizer's goal is to keep people on Lipitor. As a result, they will lower their price to compete with the generic brand.
"If they want to stay on their brand name, they are probably going to be able to get it at close to a generic cost and if they want to go to the generic they will probably be able to save even more money," said Engleman.
With Pfizer's aggressive campaign, they are reportedly offering insured patients a discount card to get Lipitor for $4 a month.
Experts say either way, the patient will save more than ever before.
Its important for patients to ask their doctors which medicine is best for them and to call their pharmacy ahead of time to make sure they carry the generic prescription of Lipitor.