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...
If you live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there’s a good chance that your doctor has talked to you about Biologics. For many, this class of drugs have been a lifesaver, helping them to achieve remission or such low disease activity that they are able to live a largely normal life. Many others have not responded to the Biologics currently on the market or may not be able to afford the up to $30,000 a year cost of these drugs. This may soon change, as biosimilars begins to be approved for use.
What are biosimilars?
Most types of medications are available in two types: the brand name and the generic version. When a pharmaceutical company develops a drug, they have patent protection on it for a certain number of years. After that, other companies are allowed to develop a generic version. Generic medication is chemically identical to the brand name drug and is made in the same dosages, has the same safety, strength, method of administration, and use. Although identical to th...
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