I saw a Lovaza commercial and decided to Google it. I found this link.
Lovaza is selling fish oil (The Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA) as a prescription drug (to lower triglyceride levels in the blood) for many times the actual cost of fish oil supplements. It is not legal to market nutritional supplements as prescription drugs, but somehow Lovaza has managed to get around this. Their fish oil is "purified and concentrated". Well, the fish oil supplements I have are also purified to eliminate mercury so I don't see how that is special.
Big Pharma greed....taking advantage of people.
What does Lovaza cost? In Milwaukee, it costs about $70 per capsule per month (PCPM). Most people are taking four capsules per day: $280 per month, or $3360 per year to obtain 3360 mg of EPA + DHA per day. (Funny coincidence with the numbers.)
Did you catch that? $3360 per year, just for one person to take Lovaza.
What if I instead went to Costco and bought their high-potency fish oil. This is also an ethyl ester form. It costs $14.99 for 180 capsules, or $2.50 PCPM; each capsule contains 684 mg EPA + DHA. I would therefore have to take five capsules per day to obtain the same 3360 mg EPA + DHA per day. This would cost me 5 x $2.50 = $12.50 per month, or $150 per year.
Now it may be easier to get insurance to cover the fish oil if it is prescribed. However, I'd look into if wild caught salmon are used, how much DHA is in each dose, etc. It may well be that some over the counter products are superior and less expensive. I have seen that Lovasa commercial myself and thought it amusing. Ironically, one warning in the commercial is that it "may cause LDL cholesterol to rise." (not that I particularly think that that nondirect measured LDL scores are as important as they would have you think) -Eva
My mother was actually a pharmaceutical sales rep for Lovaza before she was unceremoniously laid off by Glaxo after their diabetes medicine fiasco. She always said the product was great, and I'm pretty sure you can get it for way less on insurance, but I always wondered if there truly was any difference besides the "purification" process resulting in "reduced fishy burp" (seriously). However, Glaxo/GSK is a terrible, terrible company and they will never get a dime from me as long as I live, if I can help it. I get the jumbo value size fish oil on sale at Target and it does the trick.
you guys are goobers!!! i just 360 lovaza pills (a ninety day supply) for 30 dollars at my parmacy because my insurance covers it as it is concidered preventative.
i like it because its cheap, it works and has the best quality control
*LOVAZA IS A SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!*Any kind of fish oil can lower triglycerides but only Lovaza has been subjected to rigorous clinical testing.this synthetic fish oil is less effective than regular fish oil. Lovaza is made by boiling the fish oil with alcohol to make a shelf-stable form of omega-3 known as fish oil esters, it is also less available to the body because the intestine has to process the esters into their constituent fatty acids before the body can use them.
sounds like there trying to make money off nutritional supplements but they cant so there now makeing them in to prescription drugs
I read about Lovaza on Dr. Davis' blog awhile back: http://www.trackyourplaque.com/blog/2010/07/no-more-lovaza.html
Folks, it's very simple... our health is in the hands of greedy Big Pharma executives and the even more corrupt FDA. These two are in bed together. It's all a big conspiracy, to say the least. When it comes to taking care of our health we are better off taking matters in our own hands and becoming more informed so that we make better decisions.
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