Sunday, September 03, 2006

Clopidogrel (Plavix) generic in the future?

I just came across this article
in the New York Times, but I guess it is from a few days ago. It is regarding a generic version of clopidogrel, or Plavix. I had no idea there was a patent dispute involving the drug, but I guess there is. Sounds like an alternative manufacturer shipped in a whole bunch of the drug, but isn't allowed to ship in any more, and now there is an extra 3 months' supply on the U.S. market!

All I know is that Plavix = Big Business. Actually, BIG BUSINESS. Anyone who leaves the hospital with a stent these days is put on Plavix. For a month if it is a "bare metal stent," and for at least three to six months if it is a "drug-coated" stent. And, there is some thought that maybe it's better to have people on Plavix for a year after they get a drug-coated stent.


Blogger HappyHeartPatient said...

Patients such as me are not happy with the decision to pull the generic. While the price had not dropped dramatically yet with the generic from Apotex (about $20 for 30 day supply), I understood that it would continue to drop in the future. As you stated, this is BIG BUSINESS. Just an aside, many physicians are keeping their pts on Plavix much longer than the recommended 3 or 6 months due to the number of SATs that have occurring when people come off it. And some physicians are keeping their pts on it for life...I think I'm one of them. There was a lot of discussion on this topic on and is anyone is interested. As for me, I trust my physician and will follow his recommendation.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Kannan said...

All good points, happyheartpatient. How much does Sanofi's version of clopidogrel cost? Something I should know, but I don't.

11:55 AM  
Blogger HappyHeartPatient said...

Cost here range from $138-$160, depending on the pharmacy. I checked with several on the generic, and they were all charging $131. Don't know if this varies by state, I'm 600 miles from Chicago in a neighboring state. My goal is to be an informed & interested patient...and I trust and respect my physician.

1:45 PM  
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