I am on medicare and am deciding which supplemental insurance to go with. The determining factor is the cost of Maxalt. W/O insurance I cannot afford the Rx. Having Maxalt go generic would make all the difference.
Hello Jo 136,
The first patents for Maxalt and Maxalt MLT currently expire in 2012. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version of Maxalt or Maxalt MLT could become available. However, there are other circumstances that could come up to extend the exclusivity period of Maxalt and Maxalt MLT beyond 2012. These circumstances could include things such as lawsuits or other patents for specific uses of these medicines. Once these drugs go off patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Maxalt drug or a generic Maxalt MLT drug.
There are basically two types of migraine medications: those used to treat migraine headaches that have already started and those used to prevent them from starting in the first place. Some medications for treating migraines that have already started include:
Triptans (other migraine medications very similar to Maxalt), such as:
Sumatriptan (Alsuma™, Imitrex®, Sumavel®) or sumatriptan/naproxen sodium (Treximet®)
Ergot medications, such as:
Ergotamine (Bellamine S®, Cafergot®, Ergomar®)
The extended patent for Maxalt expired on 29 June 2012. AUROBINDO PHARMA LTD is the only company that has received tentative approval by the FDA for their generic on 26 July 2012. However they have not made any additional progress toward their final approval and labeling approval.
Under BCBS Part D 2012 plan, Maxalt is a tier 2 drug with a limit of 12 per 30 days. For 2013, it appears that none of the BCBS plans will not pay for the Maxalt so their generic options are SUMATRIPTAN TAB 100MG, NARATRIPTAN TAB 2.5MG, NARATRIPTAN TAB 1MG, SUMATRIPTAN TAB 50MG, SUMATRIPTAN TAB 25MG.
AARP's 2013 MedicareRx Preferred & Enhanced (PDP) plans cover it as a tier 3 drug at a rate of $45/Mo at a "Network Pharmacy", or $40/Mo at a "Preferred Pharmacy" or $105/3 Mos mail order. It does not show a limit on quantity of pills/mo.
Hope this helps a little.
- Maxalt Information for Consumers
- Maxalt Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Maxalt (detailed)
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