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Monday, August 03, 2009 Chris M, Community Member, asks

Q: What's a generic replacement for Asmanex?

Our medical insurance (Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arkansas) will no longer cover the Asmanex Inhaler of which my wife uses on a daily basis.  Without insurance it will cost about $127 which turns out to be the cheapest.  Is there a generic alternative that can be covered by insurance.

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John Bottrell, Health Pro
8/ 6/09 9:46pm

That's unfortunate they will no longer cover this medicine, especially if it works welll to control your wife's asthma. 


Unfortunately for us asthmatics anyway, asmanex is covered under a patent that will not expire until June of 2009, at which time it will be posible for generics to be made. 


Thankfully, though, there are other corticosteroid inhalers that are available for asthmatics that are available, such as Flovent.  By working with your insurance company and your physician, you should (hopefully) be able to find a corticosteroid they will cover. 



Kathi MacNaughton, Health Pro
8/11/09 5:57pm

Hey Rick, As it is already past June of 2009, I'm wondering if that's a typo above. When does the patent really run out on Asmanex?




starbutterfly, Community Member
8/26/09 1:54pm

Sorry that your insurance does not cover Asmanex. I have found that some generics are offered in other countries that are not yet availible here. A website, has many availible from India. You could check there to see if they have what you need. If not, talk to your doctor about switching drugs or try finding a patient assistance program with whatever company makes the Asmanex.

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