Have you ever wondered how the various statins are different from each other? After all, what makes your doctor choose any given statin to lower your cholesterol? I mean besides the obvious drug dinners and samples in our closet. While I was attempting to answer a patient's question about this issue, I stumbled upon Consumer Reports' take in Best Buy Drugs. It gives a nice explanation about lipophilicity (more could potentially increase side effect risk) and how to choose based upon potency (although I would suggest focus on lifestyle for LDL <30% above goal) as well as individual (medical) needs. In fact, it offers a great summary of published data through its June 2010 publication date. Best of all, you can find out how to get the best deal possible for your health care dollar. Happy reading!