Lipitor, the blockbuster cholesterol-reducing drug, will be losing its patent this Wednesday. Beginning on Wednesday, a generic form of the drug will be available at most pharmacies.
This is great news for the roughly 19 million people who take cholesterol-lowering statins because generic medications are so much cheaper. The generic form of Lipitor is called atorvastatin, and will have the same active ingredients as Lipitor. However, the fillers in the generic pill may be different than the brand name. For example, the shape of atorvastin may be different as may the color.
For people who currently have a prescription drug plan and take Lipitor, they could reduce their monthly prescription cost for their statin to $10 a month.
Today could be your last day of smoking if the American Cancer Society's (ACS) Great American Smokeout has anything to do with it. Every third Thursday in November each year, the ACS urges smokers to refrain from smoker for at least 24 hours - with the hope that it will be longer, if not for good.
According to a chart provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the list of contaminated foods recalled by their manufactures tallies up to eight for the last week. The rise in the number of food recalls is giving a new rise in safety concerns. Of the problems the contaminated foods can cause: listeria, norovirus, clostridium botulinum, and salmonella.
Brand Name/Product Description/Reason for Recall
- Golden Glen Creamery - Raw Cheddar product (Listeria Monocytogenes)
- Rice-A-Roni - Rice Pilaf (for Undeclared Milk)
- Bio Gaudiano - Olives Stuffed with Almonds (Clostridium botulinum)
- Assi - Oysters - (Norovius)
- Badia - Pine Nuts - (Salmonella)
- Leslie Leger and Sons Ltd - Salted Smoked Split Herriing (for Unevicerated fish / potential botulism hazard)
- Sunrise Commodities - Pine Nuts (Salmonella)
- Pangasinan - Smoked Seafood Products (Clostridium botulinum)
That said, the CDC does recommend the pneumococcal vaccine in some people. It's given in two forms pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV).