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"Plavix is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of heart attacks/strokes. It is currently protected by patent until 17th Nov 2011. Companies can use various methods to extent their exclusivity period beyond this date. This has been done once, the original patent expiry date was 12th Feb 2008. Once Plavix goes off patient, a number of manufacturers may offer a generic version.
The "generic name" for Plavix is clopidogrel. This is the active ingredient in the drug and should not be confused with a "generic version". In order for there to be a generic version, the brand name must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must be making the medicine. Generic manufacturers will often name their generics the same as the generic name which is one of the reasons for this confusion.
Generic versions of Plavix may already be available online but these are most likely fake or from unapproved manufacturers in other countries and potentially dangerous. For this reason you should avoid buying any generic Plavix until an approved generic becomes available."
The FDA extended the patent until May 17, 2012 at which time Plavix will FINALLY be open for other companies to offer the drug as a generic. I just moved back to the USA from Costa Rica where I was able to buy a 30-day supply of the generic for $2.00/US. So next year we will at-long-last be able to buy this medication at prices comparable to those paid in the Third World!
- Plavix Information for Consumers
- Plavix Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plavix (detailed)
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Is there a generic for Plavix - the cost is unbearable - is Clopidogrel a generic or just the other?
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