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If you are taking Boniva® monthly medication for your osteoporosis and finding it very expensive, or your insurance doesn't cover it-well, good news is here-it's now available in generic.
When a brand name drug becomes available in generic that means the original patent has expired and other companies can manufacture it at a much lower price. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the drug to meet certain criteria of exactness for this process to take place; this way you know that the generic is equivalent to the brand name except for some inactive ingredients. If you have allergies to some inactive ingredients, please check with your pharmacist to see if any of these may be included in the generic form of Boniva.
The monthly pill for osteoporosis is a convenient way to take a medication, so the reduction in price makes it doubly so.
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Generic versions of the Migraine abortive medication Zomig (zolmitriptan) — the oral tablets and orally disintegrating tablets (Zomig-ZMT) — have been approved by the FDA and are now shipping to pharmacies.
Several manufacturers are now producing generic zolmitriptan:
Glenmark Generics is producing 2.5 and 5mg oral tablets and 2.5 and 5 orally disintegrating tablets.
Apotec, Inc. is producing 2.5 and 5mg oral tablets and 2.5 and 5 orally disintegrating tablets.
Mylan Generics is producing 2.5 and 5mg oral tablets.
Zydus Pharmaceuticals is producing 2.5 and 5mg orally disintegrating tablets.
Teva Pharmaceuticals has received tentative approval for the 2.5 and 5mg oral tablets, but is not producing or shipping yet. The patent on Zomig Nasal Spray, which was approved by the FDA later than the tablets, has not yet expired, so zolmitriptan nasal spray is not yet available.
Zomig / zolmitriptan is one of the triptan medications, a Migraine abortive medication...
Reader's Question: I have been told that Fosamax is coming out in generic form. I have been taking a brand name osteoporosis drug (in the same drug class) for numerous years with good results. Should I switch? The first thing one must understand is what exactly is a generic medication. Pharmaceutical companies spend many years developing new drugs. They may file a patent that allows them to be the only one that can produce this drug for 20 years from the date of submission (not from the date of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval). This allows them to make a significant profit, taking into account the financial risks the company often has to take. These risks can often be very high, as the cost of developing some drugs can be hundreds of millions of dollars, with studies finding unexpected side effects, lack of efficacy and then, even after approval, failure of the drug to generate demand. When the patent expires, other drug manufacturers, often th...
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