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New Good Cholesterol Raising Drug Will Be Sold Stand Alone - Previously Company Planned Combining With Lipitor For Heart Patients

July 26th 2006

New Good Cholesterol Raising Drug Will Be Sold Stand Alone - Previously Company Planned Combining With Lipitor For Heart Patients


The worlds largest pharmaceutical company, US based Pfizer Inc, says they will start selling their new heart treatment drug, torcetrapib, in a stand-alone pill.  Previously the company planned to sell Torcetrapib only in combination with Lipitor. 

The New York Times reported that torcetrapib, is still being tested in clinical trials and is at least 18 months from federal approval.  So far the clinical trials have shown that the drug raises the so-called good cholesterol, a promising new approach to preventing heart attacks and strokes.

Analysts on Wall Street say that torcetrapib could be the new blockbuster medicine with sales of several billion per year.  If Pfizer had offered the drug only in combination with Lipitor, they would have forced patients that use Zocor and other statins to switch to Lipitor to get the benefits of torcetrapib. 


The company has said it would have been cost prohibitive to test the drug with every available statin on the market, so they originally planned to offer it combination with Lipitor.   

There is strong opposition to this from physicians. They claimed the company was putting profits ahead of the patientís health. According to the physicians, it is not always easy to switch statin drugs.  The new decision by Pfizer is good news for doctors. 

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