I was told yesterday by a pharmacist at a major Kansas City suburban hospital that they regularly obtain and sell a generic form of Clopidogrel. This must be true. I see no reason for the pharmacist to lie. My question is: why isn't this common knowledge and why hasn't either my pharmacy (a neighborhood Wal-mart) or my health insurnce company (Blue Cross-Blue shield of KC) told me of this?? I'm tired of paying $50 per month for Plavix when a genreic form has been on sale in Europe since 2008.
20 Dec 2011
Hello jazivr I understand your frustration. The FDA granted the manufactures, Bristol-Meyers-Squib and Sanofi-Aventis, a six month patent extension which will allow them to continue to market Plavix which is then set to expire on May 17th, 2012. So, its not likely that there is a generic out there, thats possibly why your pharamcy and insurance company haven't told you. Best of wishes,pledge
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