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.