Clopidogrel (Plavix) generic in the future?
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.