The latest drug advertising craze has to do with a prescription fish oil called Lovaza. Really? You can get a patent on something found naturally in fish? Really?!
I did some quick Google reading on the drug. I found one site that said the pills can cost up to $2 each, and are prescribed at 4 pills a day. That comes to $240 a month. And that cost doesn’t include the constant monitoring by a doctor. The list of side effects of such heavy doses of fish oil is lengthy.
I checked the nearest bottle of 1000-mg fish-oil softgels (about 20 cents per), and they don’t pack quite the same punch: EPA plus DHA content was 300 mg, versus 870 mg for Lovaza. And Lovaza, as befits an actual prescription drug, is presumably produced to higher standards than a mere dietary supplement.
As for that patent, it runs out next month, which suggests a last-minute marketing blitz before the inevitable generics show up.
Now snake oil, it never seems to go down in price.