I am taking Abilify right now 10 mg @ bedtime however even with my insurance my out of pocket is $125 dollars OUCH !. I am only on my first week of taking it but so far so good, I actually laughed and smiled for the first time in over 6 years and yesterday was the first day I didn't cry profusely at the drop of a hat or think of killing myself . So I really think I am on the right track but it still may be to early to tell.
The earliest date that a generic Abilify drug could become available is April 2015, when the patent for Abilify expires. Until there is an approved generic version of the medication, you should not purchase any products sold as "generic Abilify." These drugs may be fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous.
The generic of Abilify is indeed Aripiprazole. This does not mean that a generic is available. However, I would not let this dishearten you. Have you heard of Parallel Dispensing? We see this in the UK all of the time, but my guess is that you guys in the States have it too, but I doubt you realise or know much about it. To explain, let us say you are a drug company in India and you need to offer Abilify. Logic dictates that only a select few communities could afford such a drug. Hence, you are going to negotiate with the distributor to bring the price down. The drug would not change, but you could offer it in recycled packaging and without an information insert and so forth. This is perfectly normal and a practice most third world countries keep in order to offer otherwise expensive medications. However, in first world countries it is known as Parallel Dispensing. The same drug is dispensed but sourced from another location. One example for me was Cyclosporin.
I take this as the brand name, Neoral. The drug in the UK is very nicely pacakged in a plastic box which contains only 30 capsules, a full booklet for information and so forth. Now and again it turns up in a really crap recycled paper box with no information leaflet and the capsules are in a simple push-through card. This probably costs the chemist half the price. Thus, you would need to find out first if a generic is available and if that is not the case, ask your local pharmacy if they are able to source the drug at a cheaper price by importing it. There is no cost to them for this, as you would be paying for it anyway. They might need to know you are on the drug long-term because they would have to order a shipment in just for you. It is worth a try. You may well get the drug a whole lot cheaper.
- Abilify Information for Consumers
- Abilify Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Abilify (detailed)
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