I read somewhere that Advair will be going generic "soon" but can't find any kind of a timeline for it.
Does anyone have any idea 1) if this is true; and 2) when it might go generic?
The brand name stuff is danged expensive!
Advair's patent expires in 2011, or I think it already did a few months ago. The question is when or whether any generic manufacturers will step up to start selling. According to the pharmacy trades, that might not happen anytime soon, because the FDA is setting pretty high standards for generic inhaled medicines.
Please, FDA, approve just ONE generic inhaled steroid. The country needs it so much!
Okay, I did a bit more research. Apparently, the issue is this. To bring a generic to market, you need to prove to the FDA that it is bioequivalent: functionally the same as the brand-name drug. Currently, the FDA doesn't really have a standard for inhalers! It's... under development.
Given that just about every major player in the drug market has a blockbuster brand name asthma treatment, I'm not expecting much development anytime soon.
For me it doesn't matter, I have coverage for it, but over half of my non-online friends with asthma can't afford to take their daily medication as often as prescribed. Many health plans don't cover generics, but, other than nebulized albuterol, NONE of the asthma treatments in current use are generic.
It's a stupid crazy situation.
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