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VASCEPA™
(icosapent ethyl) Capsules

DRUG DESCRIPTION

VASCEPA, a lipid-regulating agent, is supplied as a 1-gram amber-colored, liquid-filled soft gelatin capsule for oral administration.

Each VASCEPA capsule contains 1 gram of icosapent ethyl. Icosapent ethyl is an ethyl ester of the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The empirical formula of icosapent ethyl is C22H34O2 and the molecular weight is 330.51. The chemical name for icosapent ethyl is ethyl all-cis-5,8,11,14,17-icosapentaenoate with the following chemical structure:

VASCEPA™ (icosapent ethyl) Structural Formula Illustration

VASCEPA 1 gram capsules also contain the following inactive ingredients: tocopherol, gelatin, glycerin, maltitol, sorbitol, and purified water.

Last reviewed on RxList: 8/9/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.