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Switching statins: Cost of simvastatin is overestimated

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1512
  1. John S Ashcroft, general practitioner (
  1. Old Station Surgery, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 8ES

    EDITOR—Although the savings identified by Moon and Bogle look impressive,1 and the price of simvastatin may look cheap; the authors have overstated the cost of simvastatin to the NHS by a factor of 4, and the future cost, probably by a factor of 8 and maybe 40.

    The market price for simvastatin 10 mg is 29p per …

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