• Chris M Chris M
    August 03, 2009
    What's a generic replacement for Asmanex?
    Chris M Chris M
    August 03, 2009

    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
    August 06, 2009
    John Bottrell
    Health Pro
    August 03, 2009

    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
      August 11, 2009
      Kathi  MacNaughton
      Health Pro
      August 11, 2009

      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?

       

      Thanks,

      Kathi

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  • starbutterfly August 26, 2009
    starbutterfly
    August 03, 2009

    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, www.progressiverx.com 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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