Researchers found that cells extracted from the nucleus pulposus (the jelly-like tissue in the center of the spinal discs) and exposed, in vitro, to lovastatin (Altoprev
, Mevacor) demonstrated increased synthesis of collagen II, a protein that makes up moveable joints.
has completed the divestiture of its Fortamet and Altoprev
brands to First Horizon Pharmaceutical Corp.
The comparison tool will show beneficiaries other options, such as Altoprev
(lovastatin), which costs $57.19 per month for 40-mg tablets.
Six medications in the statin class of drugs are available, including atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev
), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin calcium (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor).
Using the new comparison vehicle, a beneficiary can learn that Andrx Corp.'s Altoprev
, another brand name drug for that condition, costs $57.19 for the 40-mg tablets.