What else might I consider? How about cost? Vytorin is considerably more expensive than simvastatin, the generic version of Zocor now produced by several manufacturers. A month's worth of Vytorin costs about $120 on average, while simvastatin is $30 to $45 or so, depending on dose. (The copay for generics is lower in most healthcare plans than it is for brand-name drugs, too.) Simvastatin is also cheaper than Lipitor or Crestor, two newer brand-name statins, observed Steven Findlay, managing editor of Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs.
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Updated on 1/9/2009: This story has been updated to reflect developments that occurred in early 2009.