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Brazil develops low-cost Lipitor

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 02:15

Dec 28 - Brazilian researchers say they've developed a method of producing a much less expensive version of Pfizer's blockbuster cholesterol-fighting drug Lipitor, known generically as atorvastatin. Rob Muir reports.

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Scientists at Sao Paulo's mini camp universities -- their method of producing the active ingredient in Lipitor. Will have implications for countless people in the developing world with heart problems caused by high cholesterol. The ingredient is called at all the -- and it works by inhibiting cholesterol producing and his time in the live up. Lower cholesterol levels in the blood usually translate to more efficient blood flowed and a healthy -- For Pfizer Lipitor has generated billions of dollars. But in poorer nations the drug has been too expensive and therefore unavailable to most people. -- -- university chemist do we Carlos Diaz says he and his team now have the means to dramatically reduce the cost of production. I don't that they are all the laws -- -- in his later years ought up to a certain stage we improve the -- developed by Pfizer. As of that intermediate point we prepared a tortoise Staten through an entirely new sequence. Different from the one being used to devote. This new sequence is extremely important packaging get a patent for this new process since it involves agents never before used. And the process to make to active ingredient ended up being shorter more efficient. Yeah yes -- -- things so. The chemists I they have managed to eliminate nearly 30% of the processes far as a uses to produce a -- -- -- They say the lower production costs shortly to a low price and wider availability. On opportune moment accomplices if we managed prepared these Robert's rules were these active principles here Brazil. Not only will entries be lower for the presuming consumer but we'll also be able to X Portis. I gave an example -- south American countries but certainly. This may be sold and exported to the entire world -- that that is ignores the scientists are now waiting for approval from Brazil's food and drug agency before -- formula can be used on an industrial scale. Yes says he hopes it won't take too long as there's an enormous population who could live longer as a result. -- -- --

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Brazil develops low-cost Lipitor

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 02:15