When should we expect the drug Plavix to be sold in generic form? Sam?
There have been many reports that Plavix - Clopidogrel is launched in the generic form, one of them who did it is Apotex Corp. On the contrary the patent of Plavix expires on Nov. 17, 2011, perhaps the generic would be available due to some dispute or a settlement agreement.
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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.
Generic Plavix is expected to be available to be dispensed to the public on Friday May 18, 2012. Of course, this is the second attempt at introducing a generic form of the billion dollar drug. The first attempt, back in 2006, was successfully challenged in court under the patent infringement laws of the U.S. This time, however, it appears that Bristol Myers is just out of luck and Americans should soon be paying far less for the equivalent formulation. Never say never as strange things happen on this dollar level.
It's available NOW !
I just went to the pharmacy to pay my usual $200 for plavix and they said they replaced it with the generic for $15. I was shocked that the generic was already reduced so much, usually it takes months. The old 75 mg pill was half the size and pink. The new one is about the size of an aspirin, not as thick and white. FINALLY !
The patent for Plavix expired on May 16, 2012. The generic version, clopidogrel, that has been approved by the FDA will be available on May 17, 2012.
For those who are on a tight budget look out for your doctor switching you to the new replacement drugs Prasugrel or Ticagrelor as these drugs have shown a superiority to clopidogrel in specific indications.
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