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Facts About Generic Drugs Infographic

Facts About Generic Drugs Infographic | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

FDA infographic on generic drug safety and efficacy.

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How to Get the Best Price on Generic Plavix from Angioplasty.Org

How to Get the Best Price on Generic Plavix from Angioplasty.Org | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

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.

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How to Get the Best Price on New Generic Plavix (updated Feb 2013)

How to Get the Best Price on New Generic Plavix (updated Feb 2013) | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Price Update as of October 2012: Cost Per Pill
When we queried the large pharmacy providers five months ago, we were told that after a few months competition would set in and prices should drop significantly. Our survey on October 4, 2012 showed only a very small dip in prices. So much for free market competition!

For 75 mg generic clopidogrel, both CVS and Walgreens were quoting slightly more than $5.50 a pill, only an 8% drop from May. WalMart/Sam's Club was offering generic clopidogrel in their in-store pharmacies for approximately $1.80 per pill; $1.50 if you ordered from their centralized home delivery.

But once again, the price winner was Costco. Their cash price is now $0.32 a pill, or under $10 a month!

Worthy of note: Brand-name Plavix is now selling for $7.50/pill at Walgreen's, a significant rise from the pre-generic era. In fact, Walgreen's current generic price of $5.50 is slightly more than the brand-name price was before the drug went generic.

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FDA Approves Generic Versions of Plavix

FDA Approves Generic Versions of Plavix | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

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

https://reportal.restat.com/xpertrx/drugPrices

 

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  ;

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