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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Christine, Community Member, asks

Q: is there a generic for the advair discuss? It's 150.00 a month!

I do not have asthma, I have COPD.  I will be getting laid off at the end of this month, and without insurance, the pharmacy said advair discus about 150.00 per month.  But I do not think there is a generic. Is there?

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John Bottrell, Health Pro
3/18/09 4:32pm

This seems to be a very common question of late.  And you are correct:  there is not a generic Advair available.  The patent for a new medicine lasts for about 25 years.  Since Advair is a relatively new medicine, it will be quite a few years before a cheaper generic will be available. 

 

Advair has a corticosteroid and a long acting bronchodilator in it, which has worked wonders for many asthmatics and COPD patients -- plus it's easy to use.

 

If you cannot afford your Advair it would be a good idea to mention this to your doctor as there are alternative corticosteroids that are more affordable, such as Vanceril, Azmacort, etc.  The long term bronchodilator component does not have a cheaper alternative.

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Ray Wilson, Community Member
3/ 8/10 10:57pm

You need a little education before you pass yourself off as an exoert on questions regarding things as important as peoples' health.  First, the patent is closer to fiofteen years, not 25!  Secondly, Vancerial and azmacort do not have the same action on the lungs OR the cardiovascular system.  Readers, pay heed to people who give quick answers to medical issues.  PLEASE do some homework, especially with your specialist physicians.

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carol, Community Member
8/ 9/10 10:20pm

You're absolutely right. I'm pretty sure the length for drug patents is 12 years. It's scary when people pretend to be experts--which is why one should never rely on a single source for information on the Internet, and never when it comes to your own medical care. Check with a specialist!

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R. Durnin, Community Member
8/19/11 11:43am

Where do you get ADVAIR for $150 per month?"

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linda, Community Member
3/18/12 1:47am

get advair from CANADIAN NEIGHBOR PHARMACY FOR ADVAIR @

$42.95 FOR 50/250 mcg

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Ann, Community Member
5/21/12 2:06pm

how can I get my advair from a canadian neighbor pharmacy for $42.95

Thanks

Ann Martin

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Lisa, Community Member
6/ 5/14 10:19pm

hello my child uses advair 230/21 the hfa puffer. is it available?

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Missy, Community Member
3/22/10 4:39pm

Search "advair discount" or "advair free prescription" or something like that and you will be presented with several sites that may help with your situation....I was able to get coupons and hope to find out soon if I qualify for free or discounted Advair. You will have to get a written prescription from your doctor with some of the sites.

 

Missy

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Karl, Community Member
3/26/10 7:45am

Generic Advair does exist, just not in the US, I buy mine through a Canadian pharmacy, and get 3 months supply for $96.00.  100/50 made by Cipla, it is called  Seroflo. I is the same drug and works great for me.

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Missy, Community Member
3/26/10 8:00am

This is great to know....thanks so much! Do you have to buy it in the 3 mo supply or can you buy them in singles?

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Karl, Community Member
3/26/10 8:31am

I have never tried anything less than a 3 month supply, I don't know. But please check out Progresiverx.com, the advair there is even cheaper than I previously bought, and it is the same stuff, and the menu there indicates you can get singles.

I just placed a couple orders with them.

 

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Missy, Community Member
3/26/10 8:44am

Thank you so much and am sure I can speak for the originator of this post!

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desperateMom, Community Member
11/20/10 11:45pm

But you have bought from this site?  I mean, it's not a scam?  It seems to good to be true!  I'm going to call them on Monday.  But I can barely pay for my kids medicine now.  I'd be in really bad shape if I wasted money on a scam.  By the time I pay for her meds every month I'm lucky to keep gas in my car.  I want to try this really badly for the savings.  But if it was a scam and then I had to lose the money and still come up with the money to buy it through the current company I'd be in serious trouble.  I'd be between buying her medicine and buying her food for a couple of weeks.

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Lily59, Community Member
12/27/10 5:32pm

I have purchased generic Advair (seraflo) from Northwest Pharmacy in Canada. It works great. My neighbor, a nurse also gets it for her son.

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swoodis, Community Member
8/17/12 5:54pm

I get mine from "Canada Drugs" . Have never had a problem. Great customer service and fast delivery.

 

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Ellie, Community Member
4/12/12 10:44am

Northwestpharmacy.com has the best customer service, but just make sure that you order your drugs well in time before they run out, at least a month.  Takes a long time to get to you. 8-18 business days.  But soooo much cheaper.  You will be amazed.

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margaret black, Community Member
6/ 9/10 11:39am

thank you for letting me know there is a generic for advair discuss

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carol, Community Member
8/ 9/10 10:17pm

Thank you, thank you. If I really can find an equivalent to Advair through a Canadian company, I will be so relieved. I desperately need to take Advair, but because in my part of the country--San Francisco--the price is closer to $185 per disc, and that's not for a month, that's 25 days, all the doses that are in it when you take it twice a daily, I have to do without it nowadays. I just have to suffer the symptoms. It's not only very uncomfortable, it probably isn't doing me any good at all to go without, but there you are--in this country, unless you have the money, you can't have the meds you need and that's all there is to it.

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uglytruck, Community Member
1/25/12 11:31am

what kind of diskus are you using?  I take 250/50.....it has always come with 60 doses which works out to 30 days worth. Like you, i too am looking for a more affordable supply. I travel north america and use walmart pharmacies throughout the US. The price varies from $118 to $323 per diskus depending where I get it. The difference is usually the pharmacy cost to fill the script. The part that gets me is....they charge me whatever their rate is for doing the same task.....get a box off the shelf, put a sticker on it and give it to me. Good luck in your quest and remember that you're not alone.

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swoodis, Community Member
8/17/12 6:02pm

250/50

 

A 3 month supply is $145.88 from "Canada Drugs". It's a Legitemate pharmacy!!! Very good customer service, and quick shipping. Try them. !  CanadaDrugs.com

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swoodis, Community Member
8/17/12 5:58pm

The government(Obama) is trying to stop us from getting meds from Canada.

also cutting medicare. Very upsetting.

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Mike, Community Member
8/30/12 9:13pm

 I have asthma, I was born with it.. First of all, Obama is not taking anything from Medicare, that's a republican lie. As for the  (new) law it remains to be seen if it will prevent Canadian imports but I doubt it. Many states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc)  themselves buy prescriptions from Canada, that's how bad things have gotten here. This is a multi billion dollar overseas (non-US)  business due to the greed of US companies and their fat cat supporters here. That's why internet purchases have gotten so big.   As for Advair-I take 500/50 and have for years. As far as I'm concerned there is no substitute although some, like Cipla, come close-I've used some of them. But absolutely nothing works for me like Advair.  My  Advair sells for 159.00 in Canada at Canada Pharmacy and 59.00 at Canada Drugs, I've bought from both. This is the real thing, made by Glaxo Smith Kline in the UK. If you want to make the effort and  research UK pharmacies and you can buy it in the  UK  for 55.00. Is it the real thing-yes-advair was R@d'd and is produced by Glaxo Smith Kline, a UK company. My question has always been-if it sells for 55.00 where it was R@D'd and made why does it cost 380.00 in the US? I'm still looking for an answer.

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brnwtasthma, Community Member
3/ 7/14 7:26pm

I liv3 in Virginia and without insurance the 500/50 discus is $480.00 here. I have insurance but a large deductible. If i can get it cheaper in canada that would be great.

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suchier, Community Member
6/ 3/14 10:17pm

Try pharmacyrxworld.com 1 x 60 dose for $69 up to 6 x 60 dose for $314

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Mike, Community Member
8/30/12 9:13pm

 I have asthma, I was born with it.. First of all, Obama is not taking anything from Medicare, that's a republican lie. As for the  (new) law it remains to be seen if it will prevent Canadian imports but I doubt it. Many states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc)  themselves buy prescriptions from Canada, that's how bad things have gotten here. This is a multi billion dollar overseas (non-US)  business due to the greed of US companies and their fat cat supporters here. That's why internet purchases have gotten so big.   As for Advair-I take 500/50 and have for years. As far as I'm concerned there is no substitute although some, like Cipla, come close-I've used some of them. But absolutely nothing works for me like Advair.  My  Advair sells for 159.00 in Canada at Canada Pharmacy and 59.00 at Canada Drugs, I've bought from both. This is the real thing, made by Glaxo Smith Kline in the UK. If you want to make the effort and  research UK pharmacies and you can buy it in the  UK  for 55.00. Is it the real thing-yes-advair was R@d'd and is produced by Glaxo Smith Kline, a UK company. My question has always been-if it sells for 55.00 where it was R@D'd and made why does it cost 380.00 in the US? I'm still looking for an answer.

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Mike, Community Member
8/30/12 9:13pm

 I have asthma, I was born with it.. First of all, Obama is not taking anything from Medicare, that's a republican lie. As for the  (new) law it remains to be seen if it will prevent Canadian imports but I doubt it. Many states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc)  themselves buy prescriptions from Canada, that's how bad things have gotten here. This is a multi billion dollar overseas (non-US)  business due to the greed of US companies and their fat cat supporters here. That's why internet purchases have gotten so big.   As for Advair-I take 500/50 and have for years. As far as I'm concerned there is no substitute although some, like Cipla, come close-I've used some of them. But absolutely nothing works for me like Advair.  My  Advair sells for 159.00 in Canada at Canada Pharmacy and 59.00 at Canada Drugs, I've bought from both. This is the real thing, made by Glaxo Smith Kline in the UK. If you want to make the effort and  research UK pharmacies and you can buy it in the  UK  for 55.00. Is it the real thing-yes-advair was R@d'd and is produced by Glaxo Smith Kline, a UK company. My question has always been-if it sells for 55.00 where it was R@D'd and made why does it cost 380.00 in the US? I'm still looking for an answer.

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n, Community Member
12/ 4/10 2:10pm

What pharmacy would this be?

 

I'm in Toronto and looking for the same thing and finding it costs around 150/month.

 

Thanks.

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batchelar, Community Member
2/23/11 1:18pm

thats great that some of you are finding that Fluticasone/ Salmeterol /seroflo work for you but they are NOT generic drugs of advair in anyway shape or form. I am an asthmatic in canada also seeing if a generic is avaliable. these may helpandif they do good cause i pay 160 a month plus taxes for advair and if i dont use it i cant move. but i looked into thses two drugs made in asia somewhere couldnot find a sepecific locations listed anywhere and athma sites like this one canadian ones fda and canadian food have not approved these drugs. and the conservative gov in canada had teh idea of lowering the length of time ipantents could be held on drugs the drug companies and liberal opposition but said no they need to be doubled to protect patents and comoanies so dont just look to usfor cheaper drugs. I found 1 site listed as a canadian pharmacy online but found out it ships from once again asia. hummm

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Apurva, Community Member
4/ 6/11 2:01pm

Wat is the name of the Canadian pharmacy?

 

Thanks

Apurva

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Sissy G, Community Member
3/29/10 6:41am

Yes there is but it is not available in the U.S. You can buy on line from Canada, Mexico, Europe and India. Prices vary but the best price so far is $34.38 for 50/250 Seritide.l Google All Day Chemist.

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Mary, Community Member
11/24/10 8:45pm

I ordered generic  advair from canada without a prescription its called seroflo and now I am almost afraid to take it,I wonder if it is safe.

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Robin, Community Member
4/16/10 7:56am

Here in Boston, even with health insurance and an almost $900 a month premium for our Neighborhood Health Plan coverage for just me and my husband, my copay for Advair is $109.00 a month.  That's just the copay!  It's out of control.  Off to the Internet to do some research.  Although generic Advair is not available in the United States, it is available in Canada.  U.S. citizens can take advantage of the huge price difference.  I am going to try it in an effort to make my medication more affordable and also to send a message to the insurance companies, drug companies and pharmacies in the U.S. that their prices are out of control.  I have a friend who is a physician who has access to the wholesale prices of these medicines.  Some of them are only $4.00.  That's not a typo.  Four dollars.  If everyone ordered their medications from Canada, the insurance companies, drug companies and pharmacies here would get the message soon enough.  Here are links to a couple of websites in Canada:  http://www.pharmacyrxworld.com/buy-Advair-Diskus.html  and http://www.canada-pharmacy.com/drug-prices/advair.html

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nscangal, Community Member
6/ 7/10 6:39am

Actually, I'm from Canada, and generic Advair is not available here. You may be able to buy what claims to be generic advair from a website that claims to be based out of Canada, but the medication is not available here - not from any reputable or legal sources, anyway.

 

Believe me, if I could legally pay less than the $300+ I pay in medication copays per year here, I would!

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Eternalyouth, Community Member
10/29/10 9:57am

Check out pharmacyrxworld.com, and tell me if you don't think they are legit. They offer street address in Canada, phone numbers, fax, etc. Most importantly, they offer genuine Advair at about 1/4 the price currently being charged in the US. 

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nscangal, Community Member
11/ 3/10 9:01pm

pharmacyrxworld.com is a scam.

 

See this story from the CBC with a news release from Health Canada. 

 

I told you there's no legal generic version of Advair in Canada.

 

Believe me, if I could make a dent in the $300 of copays I pay a month, I would.

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Eternalyouth, Community Member
12/ 1/10 2:28pm

I agree there is no generic for Advair, but most canadian pharmacies are selling the real thing for far, far less tahn we pay in the U.S.

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darica, Community Member
12/ 1/10 11:37am

i use big mountain pharmacy in canada . i have received two orders from them . they are members of the cipa a regulatory agency regulating pharmacies in canada they get drugs from all over the world . i just received gereric advair from india . 6 of them each contain 30 puffs . it's working great for me .can tell no difference from advair . there are scammers in canada claiming to be legit pharmacies . beware . use  big mountain pharmacy as i do and you will be happy with them. my  tatal for 6  disks was $90 . this is a great bargain .hope this helps .george

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Luci, Community Member
9/14/12 12:12pm

I've been getting my advair diskus 250/50 from pharmacyrxworld.com for years and it is legit. Currently, it is $60 for a one month supply.   It come from India, but is identical in packaging and performance to the US Version.  I haven't gotten the generic version. 

 

You do need to plan ahead as it took 6 weeks for me to receive it the first time I ordered. The last time it was about 3 weeks.

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wyates, Community Member
12/12/10 12:32pm

Northwest Pharmacy claims to be a Canadian pharmacy in B.C.Are they not located there or is this just anothe internet scam?

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Lily59, Community Member
12/27/10 5:37pm

I have purchased from them and recieved the product quickly. It has helped a lot. I recommend them.

They are in Canada but also ship the same product out of Europe.

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wyates, Community Member
12/12/10 12:27pm

A generic alternative is available through Canadian pharmacys.Why it is not available in the USA I have no idea.All Americans should start purchasing their prescriptions through Canadian pharmacys because we are being ripped off by American pharmacys and drug companies.The Canadian Alternativ e is less than half the price of the American brand.

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sharon, Community Member
12/17/10 4:21pm

We purchased my advair and spiriva meds from a Canadian rx. co.  ordered on oct 3rd, received the advair which cost about 130.00 for 3 discus but took about 7 weeks.  this came from India, and its generic.  my spiriva has not arrived yet, its coming from turkey and its generic, cost about 200. for 3 mth supply.  thank goodness my lung dr. gives me free samples of these, otherwise Id be dead  waiting for delivery of these drugs. Im in the donut hole now, where Id have to pay over 1100.00 for this 3 mth supply, totally unreal

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daniel, Community Member
12/19/11 8:14pm

there is a generic (not made by ADVAIR) check on line with :

" northwestpharmacy.com " their fluticasone-salmeterol .

I have been taking Advair Discus for 5 years for COPD to the point that 

I cannot go on without it and start caughing night and day if I don't get

it for more that 2 days. I tried the generic but it not as efficient as the

real ADVAIR . Any way you can get ADVAIR DISCUS from that on-line

pharmacy for $ 122.99 the 180 doses or $ 47.99 -60 doses.

I personally take one dose a day so that makes it about 25 dollars a

month....far from the 150-250 dollars a month with most of the others.

So ..relax and save with that store . they are serious. Take care

 

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Pharma Co Insight, Community Member
3/13/12 3:59pm

A couple of notes on these topics. I work for a pharmaceutical company and can address few of the topics that have come up in this post.

 

First, the time it takes for a brand drug's patent to expire.

The time it takes a generic drug to appear on the market varies. In the US, drug patents give 20 years of protection, but they are applied for before clinical trials begin, so the "effective" life of a drug patent tends to be between seven and 12 years.

 

Second, the varying cost of a drug from pharmacy to pharmacy.

The cost varies based on the cost that the pharmacy purchased the drug for. Your most expensive pharmacies are always smaller and independent pharmacies. Then chain pharmacies. The cheapest pharmacies, across the country, are the ones in warehouse stores--Costco, Sam's, BJ's, etc. And, as a bonus, ANYONE CAN USE THEM!!! You do not have to be a member of the warehouse club to use the pharmacy services. This is federally regulated: no one can be excluded from using a pharmacy due to membership. Most of these warehouse pharmacies will also price-match the $4 prescriptions you can get from Wal-Mart and a few other places if you ask. That way you don't have to go multiple places for your family's prescription needs. Again, ANYONE CAN USE THE PHARMACY AT A WAREHOUSE CLUB!!! You will never find cash meds, or meds that your insurance only partially covers, cheaper than they have them.

 

Hope this help. I know the cost of meds can get quite expensive but use all the resources available to you--discount cards available on the medication manufacturer's website, discount programs that some pharmacies offer (even warehouse clubs), mail order is a great source of discounts, etc.

 

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Joe Atran, Community Member
6/10/12 7:20pm

Is there a way I can get help with my perscription as I am on social security and can't afford nthe price although it helps me I had Hummana which encluded perscritions but have moved to a place that hummana dosen't cover I will be getting PPO which I have co pays and such.

Thanks for what ever help you can give me.

Joe Atran    BATRAN1@YAHOO.CON

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katepaints, Community Member
7/ 2/12 12:17pm

Vanceril is not a corticosteroid!  It's chief component is albuterol, which is for rapid relief.  It's used in nebulizers and rescue inhalers.

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FEC, Community Member
12/ 1/12 2:36pm

I use Advair Diskus that runs about $325.00 a month as I no longer have insurance either!  However, you can get a presription form your Dr (paper copy) and go to a Canadian pharmacy (not against the law) and get it for much, much cheaper!  I pay $282.00 for 4 Advair diskus, 500/50.  A huge savings!  Sorry, but I forgot what the name of the pharmacy is but here is the number for the Canadian pharmacy I use: 866-920-3784! 

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FEC, Community Member
12/ 1/12 2:39pm

Sorry for the spelling errors--Corrections; Presscri[tion should be, PRESCIPTION; Form should be FROM--

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JB, Editor
4/ 2/09 3:49pm

Christine,

 

Our expert, Dr. James Thompson, has written a post about saving money on managing your condition here.

 

Also, you should contact Advair's manufactuer, GlaxoSmithKline at 1-866-518-4357. Companies have programs to provide their brand name drugs to patients for cheap (or, sometimes, free) if they meet the income qualifications. GlaxoSmithKline's program for Advair is called GSKAccess. Also, try these organizations for help with your prescriptions:

* Partnership for Prescription Assistance
* RxAssist.org
* RxHope.com
* TogetherRx

 

Good luck!

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starbutterfly, Community Member
8/26/09 3:24pm

Hi,

there is a generic for advair availible in India. It can be found through www.progressiverx.com. Up to 90 day worth of medication can be purchased legally from overseas, so think ahead. India is able to offer the generic because different patent laws affect it. Best of luck.

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pumpkin, Community Member
10/ 1/09 11:32pm

Yes.  I buy my drugs from Progressiverx.  The prices are great and I have not had a problem receiving the medication.  It is a great company.

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tammi65, Community Member
11/ 3/09 9:20pm

I buy the generic Advair from ProgressiveRX.com. It is $23.00 per month, and works just like the name brand! It comes in a different form, that is MUCH cheaper to manufacture. That discus is a very expensive device!

Good luck to all!

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sweetwater, Community Member
2/ 8/10 11:47am

I went to the progressiverx site and each diskus has 30 doses. Does this mean 30 twice-a-day doses or 30 once-a-day doses? My 'script' is for twice a day.

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dorothyhiggin, Community Member
8/ 7/12 6:20am

Generic Advair is Available. I am getting 3 inhalers for $224.96. If you want try it out here http://www.internationaldrugmart.com/advair-hfa.shtml

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Valleygirl, Community Member
1/12/10 12:53pm

YES! There is a generic but not in the US! Gee there is a surprise. The generic is called Seroflo Multi Inhaler made by Cipla and it can be bought online via any Canadian pharmacy called jandrugs.com. They will still require your prescription from your doctor. It cost me about 189.00 for three 30 day pack. YES you read that correctly. The current costs are as follows 50/100 at  197.36 for 180 doses, 50/250 at 237.24 180 doeses and 50/500 at 442.15 180 doses. Considering how much Advair costs here in US these are great prices! I know that this is a late post to this persons question but I hope it finds you and everyone who cannot afford this drug well. The prices have gone up and Advair it is now around 339.00 for 30 days. Good luck to you all, I hope this helped!

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Gianni34, Community Member
1/13/10 2:36pm

You are absolutely crazy for purchasing this medication from overseas.  This is NOT a generic version of Advair.  The reason Cipla hasn't even filed for a generic application is because it'll NEVER get approved.  It is a pirate copy which will not meet specs in the US and they will never file for it either.

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Valleygirl, Community Member
1/13/10 4:01pm

Ahhhh Canada is not overseas and the only reason it has not been introduced to the US is because of what Rick said above "The patent for a new medicine lasts for about 25 years. Since Advair is a relatively new medicine, it will be quite a few years before a cheaper generic will be available" I have been taking this inhaler with the approval of my doctor (those are people with PHD's)  for almost a year now and it has worked just fine for me!. I love how people get so excited over overseas meds. I have been purchasing my singulair from India for over 5 years because I can get it cheaper and it has been just fine as well (ahhh India would be the one over seas!) I was just posting my opinion. E veryone on this board, I am sure, is growd up enough to make the own choice! We do what we have to do to get our meds and survive even if it means not purchasing from our money hungry country!

 

You must have insurance because only a nit wit like you would post a statement like that!! Please be sure and get your facts straight before you post something about a medication because I do research for medication for a living..........PS Just so you know THAT IS WHAT GENERIC MEANS IDIOT, A PIRATED COPY OF THE ORIGINAL MEDICATION WITH A FEW CHANGES! ALL GENERICS ARE A SYNTHETIC REPLICA OF THE REAL THING! HAHAHAHAHA

Hey but thanks for your opinion as well. I always appreciate it!!

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Jenkins, Community Member
1/29/10 12:27pm

Ahhhh, me too. Five years from an Indian Co.  My brother worked for Glaxo and he always said the same thing as Ms. Alarmist.  I use a different Indian online co. and they send me the Cipla equivalents.  I can buy a six month supply for less than one month's cost here, including shipping.   Right now I am searching for the drugs which were used twice a day which Spiriva accomplishes once a day.  Can anyone name those drugs. 

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Valleygirl, Community Member
1/29/10 3:45pm

The only current generic drug that they have for Spiriva is Tiotropium (Tiotropium Bromide Monohydrate). 90 caluplets for 157.47. (www.jandrugs.com) This would be instead of the 300.00 it would cost you here in the states. A good reminder would be to know that Canada does not have any sort of limitation structures like the US does, so any sort of generic that may be availible for a drug is most likely going to be found prominante in Canada and used quite frequently. If you have any doubts about a medication that is not FDA approved in US then you can always do a search on the Internet for side effects to a generic drug and see what kind of results you get. 10 to 1 odds you will only find the same side effects as the non-generic brand and that the only reason it is not in the US is because of licensing laws. Feel free to ask me anything else. I am more than happy to help people find the proper costs and generics on meds. Laughing

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Valleygirl, Community Member
1/29/10 3:52pm

P.S. I am not a doctor so I would not be able to tell you which drug could replace the spiriva. I am only able to help you find an affordable alternative to what you take now. I am a long time no insurance person with many medical issues that can only be resoved with very expensive medication; so I am just a bit more compassionate about peoples need of something they can afford.Wink

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Jenkins, Community Member
1/29/10 4:23pm

Hi again, 

actually I am wondering what are the drugs, generic or not which were prescribed for a twice a day dose, that spiria is replacing as a once aday dose?

Can you help me with that one.    Azmacort? Advair? Flovent?  Not the long actong like spiriva.

Thanks so much. I am so happy to have tripped into this site.

Jenkins

 

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Valleygirl, Community Member
1/29/10 5:10pm

There are quite a few. They had me on the Spiriva for a little bit but I was having some seriously bad reactions to it so they took me off immediatly. The replacements that they have me on right now are Advair, Qvar (miracle worker in my book) and Xopenex as my rescue inhaler. Azmacort and Flovent, Pro Air are some others it just depends on your reaction to each one. Advair and Qvar are both steriod inhalers, depending on the severity of your issue Advair comes in low to high doeses, mine being 50/500 the highest one. I take that twice a day along with the Qvar (which come in 50ug or 100ug) two puffs twice a day because my COPD is severe. The Xopenex is a substitute for Albuturol because I was having a lot of elevated heart beats on it. If you are looking for something that will replace spiriva I would say to ask your doctor about the Qvar, it has really done wonders for me and I have not had any side effects from it. The Qvar is a newer drug and does not have ANY generics to it but they only run about 50 to 60 dollars! I hope that this has helped you. Take care.

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cstar, Community Member
2/ 2/12 7:49am

wow- I just was prescribed Qvar 40 and paid $115! I have Anthem/Blue Cross but have not met my deductable yet.  

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Dennis, Community Member
1/27/13 10:56am

Your correct. I won't go into detail here but you are getting a drug that is who knows what. This drug is not really coming from the UK or Canada. People need to research these CHEAP drugs more throughly.

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nscangal, Community Member
6/ 7/10 6:42am

Speaking as someone from Canada, there is no legal Generic Advair available here. You might be getting it from a pharmacy that claims to be Canadian, but I doubt they really are if they sell 'generic advair'!

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Blossom, Community Member
3/27/10 4:35am

universaldrugstore.com in Canada has generic Advair available in the 30 dose discus.  100/50 is 34.50  250/50 is 40.00 500/50 is 58.75

You can buy one discus or up to a 60 day supply.

 

Have your doctor write the script for Advair and make sure the "do not substitute"

is NOT checked.  You do not need to tell your doctor you plan to buy the generic

from Canada.  I did and my pulmonologist approved.  But it's not necessary as

some doctors are closely tied to the pharma companies who make the brand name

and will object.

 

To speed delivery go on their site, enroll as a customer, scan and download the

prescription into an email or fax it to them, and pay by debit card or credit card.

Mailing the prescription and takes an additional week for them to process the

order and paying by check also slows things down because they will not ship

until the check clears.

 

The generic Advair is called Seroflo and the discus works the same as the

brand name Advair.  It is shipped from, I think, Germany or Holland as

Canada does not have an generic Advair either. 

 

But it works the same for me as brand name Advair.

 

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Missy, Community Member
3/31/10 11:02pm

I went to xubex.com and was able to get a free prescription of Advair....I filled out the info, they faxed it to my doctor, doctor faxed it back to them and 2 weeks later, I have a free 60 blister supply. I only have to use it once a day, but so nice to know I have it for a couple of months.

 

Missy

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mary benson, Community Member
4/ 6/10 3:45pm

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Sharona DP, Community Member
6/ 9/10 10:51am

Just wanted to give my two cents here.  My sister works at a company that does research and seeks FDA approval for drugs here in the United States.  She is also an alarmist about drugs from overseas (and yes, a lot of the drugs you buy from online Canadian pharmacies are actually shipped from other countries, but that is usually noted when you order). 

 

The most important issue people forget is that the FDA approves drugs for use in the US, but that a lot (dare I say most) of the prescriptions you buy here are either completely produced overseas or have some component that is.  My brother-in-law worked at Baxter for many years and his job was to go to places like China, Columbia! and Singapore to set up manufacturing plants for drugs.  Do you actually think the FDA is checking every shipment to make certain that the drugs are pure and that there are no contaminants in them?  Unfortunately, the answer is an emphatic NO. 

 

Unfortunately, drug companies are just like other companies who want to make a profit above all else.  "About 80% of active pharmaceutical ingredients come from overseas" (see http://patients.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=patients&cdn=health&tm=904&gps=130_1767_1255_847&f=10&su=p736.9.336.ip_&tt=2&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//safemedicines.org/).

 

No matter where you purchase your drugs, please be careful and watch for signs that the medicine is working differently, especially when you buy from online stores.  See the below link for more information:

 

http://patients.about.com/od/counterfeitdrugs/a/counterfeits5.htm

 

 

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carol, Community Member
8/ 9/10 10:52pm

I just did a little research online. I found three (there are many more) Canadian companies that offer Seraflo (generic for Advair--Fluticasone). One company sounds very fishy, requiring no prescription and with extremely cheap prices. A check of their reviews showed that their drugs are sent from Hong Kong and have an expiration date 3 months from either when they're sent or you receive them. Two other companies sound more reputable, do require Rx's (as they should) and although they're not as inexpensive as the nearly-out-of-date, be-your-own-doctor meds, even the brand name, Advair, is half the price of the same drug here. The generic is one-third what I pay where I live and although it's still an expensive but necessary drug, it may be possible to afford it.

My opinion: Be sure to check out all reviews of any pharmacy you order online from, do not do business with pharmaceutical companies that don't require an Rx, make sure you have a specialist of your own to monitor your use of the meds. Good luck to all of us asthma sufferers!

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tom marquette, Community Member
10/ 6/10 11:47am

call canadian health solution, they do have the generic which is not sold in the USA due to a deal the pharmasutical companys have with our government.  The generic for advair is tiotropium.

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John Bottrell, Health Pro
10/ 7/10 6:34am

The generic for Advair is not Tiotropium (spiriva).  Spiriva is a completely different medicine from Advair, and is not a top line medicine for treating asthma. 

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george mitchell, Community Member
11/30/10 7:55pm

go to big mountain drugs in canada . i use them . you can get  6 canisters for $90 .each has 30 sprays each. i also  get generic plavix for 34 cents a tablet . hope thisn helps . beware of scammers out of canada . big mountain drugs are honest people .theeir suppliers are from sll over the world. hope this helps you . georgeLaughing

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george mitchell, Community Member
11/30/10 8:00pm

i am holding a generic advair in my hand !! don't believe people who tell you it doesn't exist. go to big mountain drugs in canada , they are legitimate ! many are not . .i paid  $90 for 6 canisters of  30 puffs each of generic advair . it is called sera flow and it is the same stuff . i also get plavix generic for 34 cents a tablet 75 mg . hope this helps you out it did me!! george

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george mitchell, Community Member
11/30/10 8:11pm

one more thing . many pharmacies in canada are scammers . BEWARE !! i use big mountain drugs they are a brick and mortar pharmacy . and are  a member of  cipa an organization in canada that regulates pharmacies . they have provided great service to me and i recommend them  to everyone who asks me . george

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sydney 123, Community Member
1/ 2/11 7:28pm

I use the same medication. I don't know where you live but I live in California and I have never seen Advair sold at that cost. Unfortunatley I think it costs more than twice that amount at least that is what it costs me. Think you should call and ask your pharmacy again.

I suggest that you go on line and check out a web site accesstobridges.com. You may, depending on your income, get assitance from the drug manufacturer.

Give it a try and good luck.

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jim, Community Member
1/10/11 10:57am

There a couple Advair discs on Craigslist...on is portland oregon...you may want to pick up one of those since they're much cheaper than buying it!!1

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Bernie Profita, Community Member
2/ 6/11 4:09pm

is there a generic for advair

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gene, Community Member
2/18/11 4:53pm

Its now 206.00 dollars

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CIG, Community Member
6/ 8/11 2:30am

You guys ought to see if these "Canadian pharmacies", you're buying from, have "smartening up pills".

 

Having "Canadian", "Canada", and/or "pharmacy", on your web site and/or stationery does NOT make you either "Canadian" or a "pharmacy". Even having a mailing address in Canada and selling drugs doesn't do it. I'd be amazed if any of you, who think you've dealt with a "Canadian pharmacy", actually, have.

 

Canadian pharmacists must obtain a written prescription from a physician registered to practice in Canada to fulfill requirements under the Food and Drugs Act and its Regulations.

 

Andrew Strempler, the Manitoba pharmacist who started the "internet pharmacy" industry is no longer a pharmacist as a result of the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association charging him with professional misconduct, in respect to his company selling drugs from overseas locations that weren't approved by Health Canada, yet were labelled as if they had been made in Canada. Many of the drugs were counterfeit versions of brand name products.

 

Seroflo is, supposedly, equivalent to Advair and is produced by Cipla, an Indian company. India isn't big on supporting drug patents.

 

Ordering drugs online is a crap shoot. Apparently, some people have done so and were happy with the product they received; others have done so and died. If you decide to order online and get screwed, don't blame Canada; blame your own stupidity.

 

Pharmacies, in Canada, are provincially regulated. Searching for "Canadian Pharmacists Association" and "Provincial Regulatory Authorities" will give you a list of contacts you can check with, to determine whether or not that "Canadian pharmacy", you're thinking of buying from, really is a "Canadian pharmacy". It isn't but feel free to check.

 

Awhile ago, I saw a post, on another board, from a woman whose child needed Advair. If she happens to see this, I'd like to get in touch with her and was unable to as the board she posted on didn't require registration or even an e-mail address.

 

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debbie, Community Member
6/10/11 11:46pm

i have c.o.p.d too.i found a site that u can buy advair for 55.00 a month its advair 250/50 thats what i take the site is called canadian health and care mall..its a great site..

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CIG, Community Member
6/14/11 10:31am

That's strange. A quick search, on Google, brought up a whole bunch of complaints that your "great site" is a Russian scam operation.

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briana, Community Member
7/25/11 11:37am

Advair is manufactured by Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK).  There is not yet a generic version available since the patent has not yet expired.  However GSK has a product called Seretide Accuhaler which is same as Advair.  If you go to www.gsk.com and look up their drugs you will see both Advair and Seretide. You will see Advair is for the US and Seretide is for the EU.  So you can go to www.alldaychemist a purchase Seretide 50/250 Accuhaler 60 doses for $34. It is manufactured by Glaxo Smith Kline.  In the US this same product is called Advair Diskus 50/250. So it is not a generic it is simply the same product with a different name for a different market. Hope that helps.

       
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CIG, Community Member
7/27/11 11:55am

 

Yes Virginia, there is a generic version available. As I said: "Seroflo is, supposedly, equivalent to Advair and is produced by Cipla, an Indian company. India isn't big on supporting drug patents."

 

Anyone considering All Day Chemist may save themselves some money and/or aggravation with a search on Google.

 

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briana, Community Member
7/25/11 11:39am

Advair is manufactured by Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK).  There is not yet a generic version available since the patent has not yet expired.  However GSK has a product called Seretide Accuhaler which is same as Advair.  If you go to www.gsk.com and look up their drugs you will see both Advair and Seretide. You will see Advair is for the US and Seretide is for the EU.  So you can go to www.alldaychemist a purchase Seretide 50/250 Accuhaler 60 doses for $34. It is manufactured by Glaxo Smith Kline.  In the US this same product is called Advair Diskus 50/250. So it is not a generic it is simply the same product with a different name for a different market. Hope that helps.

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KBird, Community Member
7/25/11 4:01pm

Free Advair!

 

When I was in college I was enrolled in a program called "Bridges to Access" through Glaxo Smith Kline.  It was ten dollars to enroll, and then free Advair for one year shipped to my pharmacy in 3 month supplies.  I know it was a need based program, but I'm not sure what the exact requirements are.  I told my doctor I wouldn't buy the Advair I really needed, because I couldn't afford it, and she gave me the info for the program.

 

http://www.bridgestoaccess.com/

 

If you qualify, this is an excellent program.

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JO, Community Member
12/ 3/11 2:41pm

Patent has expired... generic advair is Fluticasone salmeterol. 

 

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Janice, Community Member
1/ 4/12 12:13pm

I use the Floradil and Asmanex combined in place of the Advair.  They are both generic and work just as well. 

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muleman, Community Member
2/ 2/12 12:03pm

Does anyone have information about Cipla's tiova,advertised as  a generic for SPiriva?

Does it work? have you used it?

Thanks

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muleman, Community Member
2/ 2/12 12:04pm

Does anyone have information about Cipla's tiova,advertised as  a generic for SPiriva?

Does it work? have you used it?

Thanks

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muleman, Community Member
2/ 2/12 2:15pm

Sorry about that post.I'm still trying to navigate around this site.

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muleman, Community Member
2/ 2/12 2:15pm

Sorry about that post.I'm still trying to navigate around this site.

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Rel, Community Member
2/20/12 5:35pm

A few years ago I had to go to a county hospital because of my asthma and they gave me a green diskus like Advair called Serevent. Worked just like Advair

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Rel, Community Member
2/20/12 5:36pm

A few years ago I had to go to a county hospital because of my asthma and they gave me a green diskus like Advair called Serevent. Worked just like Advair

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klhrtbt, Community Member
2/29/12 12:24am

  I just saw I cut off the name, this is for Advair here is the link  http://www.canadamedicineshop.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.display/pn/Advair.Diskus.fluticasone.salmeterol/product_id/1320.htm

Product Size Retail Price Our Price   Brand 100/50 60 dose $97.50 $75.00 BUY Brand 100/50 180 dose $360.00 $207.00 BUY Brand 250/50 60 dose $130.00 $100.00 BUY Brand 250/50 180 dose $450.00 $259.00 BUY Brand 500/50 60 dose $154.70 $119.00 BUY Brand 500/50 180 dose $613.00 $349.00 BUY Generic 100/50mcg 60 dose $59.80 $46.00 BUY Generic 100/50mcg 180 dose $136.50 $105.00 BUY Generic 250/50mcg 30 dose * $28.60 $22.00 BUY Generic 250/50mcg 60 dose $41.60 $32.00 BUY Generic 250/50mcg 120 dose $78.00 $60.00 BUY Generic 250/50mcg 180 dose $117.00 $90.00 BUY Generic 500/50mcg 30 dose * $49.40 $38.00 BUY Generic 500/50mcg 60 dose * $93.60 $72.00 BUY Generic 500/50mcg 180 dose * $196.30 $151.00 BUY Generic 100/50mcg Rotacaps 30 dose * $27.30 $21.00 BUY Generic 100/50mcg Rotacaps 60 dose * $40.30 $31.00 BUY Generic 100/50mcg Rotacaps 180 dose * $92.30 $71.00 BUY Generic 250/50mcg Rotacaps 30 dose * $31.20 $24.00 BUY Generic 250/50mcg Rotacaps 60 dose * $44.20 $34.00 BUY Generic 250/50mcg Rotacaps 180 dose * $102.70 $79.00 BUY Generic 500/50mcg Rotacaps 30 dose * $33.80 $26.00 BUY Generic 500/50mcg Rotacaps 60 dose * $46.80 $36.00 BUY Generic 500/50mcg Rotacaps 180 dose * $105.30 $81.00 BUY

For multiple quantities , edit your quantity when you click on checkout or click BUYuntil you reach your required amount. Manufacturer: 
GlaxoSmithKline

 

Description 
Chemical Name: FLUTICASONE (flew-TICK-uh-sone) and SALMETEROL (sal-MET-er-all)

 

Please Note: 
Brand dispensed as 60 doses per diskus 
Generic dispensed as 30 doses per diskus

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linda, Community Member
3/18/12 1:50am

order advair from  http://alternativerxhealth.com/products/anti_allergic_asthma/advair/order/

 

it is $42.95 for 50/250 mcg for 1advair

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John Bottrell, Health Pro
3/23/12 7:15pm

As an update here, the patent on Advair has ended.  There are generic Advairs available in other countries, yet none have yet to be approved by the FDA for sale and use in the U.S.  I've read that many companies don't want to enter this market because of the cost of making a device to deliver a dry powder inhaler.  This is unfortunate because generic inhalers would undoughtedly drive down the price, at least somewhat.  There continue to be many asthmatics who fail to gain control of their asthma simply because they can't afford the absorbitant cost of good asthma controller medicines like Advair.  If I hear anything new on this front I'll be sure to let you know.  Rick Frea.  

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Jason, Community Member
4/15/12 4:52pm

go to napsgear net ,they have a generic of Advair Diskus Rotacap and for the 250/50mg is only (9.17$each+ shipping always 25$) for any quantity'' for anywhere in us so i suggest you order a couple one at same time ,, this is really nice to see how we get rape hard here in us with the insurance compagnie and drug compagny market.. (''totaly legal mafia'')....

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Mike, Community Member
4/26/12 12:39pm

I just saw this question online so I thought I'd answer it, although my answer is late. Since  I've suffered from asthma since birth  I too rely on Advair, there's nothing like it. I use the 500/50 one.  First, Advair is made in England by Glaxo Smith Cline. They also make it in France I believe through a  susbsidiary of that company, GSK.   The prices of Advair I was quoted today at two different well known US pharmacies  were 380.00 and 295.00 for 60 puffs of the 500/50. Those are absurd and "only in America". I get my  (generic) Advair at Canada Pharmacy, www.canadapharmacy.com, well known and reputable. It is 39.00 for 30 puffs and perhaps 70-75.00 for 60 puffs of the 500/50.   The  name brand Advair is perhaps twice that, about 125-150.00.  If you find a pharmacy in the UK it will probably sell for 1/2 of those respective prices as well. Only in the US will you get ripped off for something as life-saving as this med. to fatten up the fat cats even more.  The reason I say this is because the company that did the R&D on it and makes it is in the UK so there is no possible way this is costing US pharmacies or pharmaceuticals any money at all over here. So I can't understand the mark-up for this product.  Hope this helps.

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Emlie, Community Member
5/23/12 5:45am

Yes there is generic version of advair discus available manufactured by Glaxo Smithkline. You can find the generic one onlie at http://www.internationaldrugmart.com/advair-diskus.html

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Joe Atran, Community Member
6/10/12 7:23pm

CAN I GET HELP GETTING ADVAIR I HAVE HUMMANA PPO INSURANCE

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Alicia, Community Member
7/ 2/12 4:47am

Hi all!
Does anyone buy advair diskus here? http://ourmeds.org/products/anti_allergic_asthma/advair/order/

I am wondering how soon do you receive the parcel by the regular mail?

 

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katepaints, Community Member
7/ 2/12 12:07pm

Go to www.GSKforyou.com.  Glaxo Smith Kline manufactures it and the company, like many pharmaceutical companies offers free medication for those who need it.  They don't necessarily make it easy, but it is doable.  It's best to go directly to the manufacturer's website.  There are websites that will help handle the paperwork, but then you end up paying a small fee for each prescription, which kinda of defeats the whole purpose.

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katepaints, Community Member
7/ 2/12 12:14pm

Go to GSKforyou.com.  GlaxoSmithKline is the manufacturer for Advair.  Like many pharmaceutical companies they offer free medications for people to qualify.  I didn't have health insurance for two years, and this was how I was able to get medications that weren't generic.  Your application is renewed once a year.  Some of the income levels are surprisingly high.  The companies don't necessarily make it easy, but it can be done.  Avoid websites that do all the paperwork for you for multiple medications.  There is usually a small fee involved, and that can kinda defeat the whole purpose.  This was the option I sent my clients to when they were waiting to get disability and needed medications.  Educate yourself about your medications.  Vanceril as an alternative to Advair could be deadly.

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swoodis, Community Member
8/17/12 5:49pm

I get my generic Advaire from "Canada Drugs"/ It's about 1/3 the price of that  in the USA. You need to send or fax your prescription there. They're very friendly and helpful!! Hope this helps. SW

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Dale, Community Member
8/29/12 5:00pm

All Day Chemist has a generic version of Advair i have been using for approximately four years. $7.04 for 30 rotacaps. Shipping is 25 bucks so I stock up for a year. 

 

Check it out   www.alldaychemist.com   

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Ethan, Community Member
10/27/12 12:48am

Didn't have time to read through the massive thread and see if ADC has been mentioned yet, but here goes:

 

Cipla, a company in India that has FDA approved manufacturing facilities makes a generic Advair called Seroflo.  It costs approximately $15/mo.  It is a powder like Advair and the delivery mechanism is a litte different, but it works 100% the same.

 

Search Google for alldaychemist to buy and while your at it "copd international".  You'll find a lot of good first hand information on the copd international forums.  ADC is the most reputable international company that sells Cipla products.  Many of us COPDers buy there.

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CJ ARTHUR, Community Member
11/15/12 11:01am

PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH THE EXACT TYPE OF DICUS U USE AND THE STRENGTH YOU REQIRE TO  CJ7195@GMAIL.COM

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Joyce, Community Member
4/ 1/13 9:27am

i do not have any insurance and I have asthmas and COPD and i can not buy advair is there any way i can get help i am also on oxyen 24 7 need help

 

 

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Dar, Community Member
4/29/13 2:13pm

If you have no insurance to pay for this, you may be eligible to get it free. Go to the website Bridges to Access and see if you qualify to get it free from Glaxo Smith Kline.

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USA Resident, Community Member
7/18/13 1:52pm

I just found out today that CVS Pharmacy is now charging $1046.00 for my Advair Diskus 250/50 for a 3 month supply.   I'll hit my $2500.00 deductable with United Health Care fast but this is INSANE!!!!  I have an appt with the Dr tomorrow to see what options I have for something less expensive.  I did look at the Northwest Pharmacy suggested.  If we can't figure somethign else out, I can always try that.  It's $85.00 for 60 days.  That's a big difference of $612.00!!!  Or $3674.00 a year!!!

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Ken C, Community Member
11/25/13 10:07am

I have had asthma since I was 3 and I am now almost 50. I currently take Advair but our insurance will no longer cover it. I did some research and I will likely be switching to Symbicort, but I need to discuss this with my doctor.

 

As always DO NOT blindly take advise form strangers on a forum. Do your own research and talk to your doctor in length about altertinitives. When going to talk to your doctor, write your questions down on paper and take it with you. A lot of info will be given by your doctor creating new questions. The new questions makes it easy to forget some of the original questions.

 

Patents are 20 years form the original filing date. Drug companies file before clinical trials ever start. "It takes on average 12 years and over US$350 million to get a new drug from the laboratory onto the pharmacy shelf." -http://www.drugs.com/fda-approval-process.html So by the time a drug is approved it has an average of 8 years left on the patent.

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haren, Community Member
12/19/13 5:32pm

Yes generic drug is SEROFLO Manf. by Cipla a well known drug co. in India.I have some left over 30 capsule bottle which is sold on line by Canadian pharmacy for $48 I can offer you for $30 each.

 

 

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suchier, Community Member
6/ 2/14 4:00pm

Christine, go to pharmacyrxworld.com and enter in the search egine Advair

Discus. Next page click one "Advair Discus." The next page you will find the generic equifilant to Advair Discus for a fraction of cost. 

Although late I hope this will help you and/or others.

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