3 months supply of Mobic from Medco is $600.00 vs $10.00 for meloxicam. Mobic must have other ingrediants that causes the cost to be so much. Meloxicam, doesn't help me, while Mobic does.
Mobic is the brand name drug and meloxicam is the generic version (a copy of the brand).
By law, all generics must have the same active ingredients as the brands they copy. They must be the same strength and work the same way as the brand name drug. Technically meloxicam should give you the same relief as Mobic.
Generic drugs are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have the investment costs of the developer of a new drug. New drugs are developed under patent protection. The patent protects the investment--including research, development, marketing, and promotion--by giving the company the sole right to sell the drug while it is in effect. As patents near expiration, other manufacturers can apply to the FDA to sell generic versions. Because those manufacturers don't have the same development costs, they can sell their product at substantial discounts. Also, once generic drugs are approved, there is greater competition, which keeps the price down.
Mobic IS meloxicam - a Cox-2 inhibitor. You can look both of them up here on www.drugs.com or google your question "What are the differences between Mobic and Meloxicam." I'm not a doctor and would ask you to check with him. It might be your insurance - $10 sounds like a co-pay. I would also check around and ask many other pharmacies their price points for Mobic since it works best for you. I looked at Medco just now and it appears to be mail order. Other than price gouging, I again reiterate Mobic is Meloxicam. Call any pharmacy and they will tell you. The very best of luck to you. I have had my years of horrible struggles paying retail for my monthly drugs. I would recommend "Move Free" by Schiff for any reason you take Mobic/Meloxican for. Check it out online movefree.com. It did wonders for my chronic pain. I don't know what I'd do without it and it is only $18 for 40 days worth. I just swear by it and you can take it without the warnings and side effects the Cox-2 Inhibitors have. All the best, Tony
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