Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic versions of Cymbalta (duloxetine delayed-release capsules), a prescription medicine used to treat fibromyalgia, chronic musculoskeletal pain, diabetic neuropathy, depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., Lupin Ltd., Sun Pharma Global FZE, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, and Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Have all received FDA approval to market duloxetine in various strengths.
“Health care professionals and consumers can be assured that these FDA-approved generic drugs have met our rigorous standards,” said Kathleen Uhl, M.D., acting director of the Office of Generic Drugs in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Generic drugs offer greater access to health care for many people.”
Are Generic Drugs Really the Same?
In the news release announcing the approval of generic versions of Cymb...
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.
Here are the administration instructions, side effects, and precautions, medications that inte...
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...
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