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Rosuvastatin calcium


Rosuvastatin calcium (Crestor; AstraZeneca), the seventh drug in the statin class, was approved by the US FDA in August 2003 for the reduction of cholesterol levels in patients with hypercholesterolaemia. Billed as the most potent statin available, can it overcome initial setbacks and make a significant impact in the multi-billion-dollar market for cholesterol-lowering drugs?

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Figure 2: Market for drugs to treat dyslipidaemia in US $ billion.


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Quirk, J., Thornton, M. & Kirkpatrick, P. Rosuvastatin calcium. Nat Rev Drug Discov 2, 769–770 (2003).

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