FDA infographic on generic drug safety and efficacy.
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Key Takeaway: When generic drugs first become available the market is dynamic. With Plavix there are 7 manufacturers and pharmacies have not all priced in the expected discount. This excellent service by angioplasty.org evaluated and found a range from 35 cents to 17 times greater. For those paying cash the critical message is SHOP!
At the Mass Drug look up http://www.madrugcard.com/ ; on 5/31/2012 CVS lists 30 day supply $154.05 and Walgreens $179.32.
Price Update as of October 2012: Cost Per Pill
My comment for patients: this will move Plavix in the form of clopidogrel to the generic tier for patients with substantial savings on copayments. For cash paying patients the cost should descend quickly from nearly 200/;month to less than 50 / month in the next 6 months because of the number of competitors. To check the price at a pharmacy near you see my scoop it below. Massachusetts Drug Card or go to link
The price at my local pharmacy tfor 1 month on 5/19/2012 via this look up was $160.76
Generic Plavix (Clopidogrel) approved by the FDA: Nine pharmaceutical companies will produce 2 different generic versions of the ubiquitous blood thinner.
On the FDA website: Generic drugs approved by FDA are of the same high quality and strength as brand-name drugs. The generic manufacturing and packaging sites must pass the same quality standards as those for brand-name drugs. http://goo.gl/3oAWQ ;