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Plavix Generics Approved by FDA

Filed May 21st, 2012 Laurie

On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that the popular blood-thinner drug Plavix is going generic, making the drug more affordable for people who take Plavix to reduce their risk for stroke and heart attack. The FDA said it gave seven companies permission to sell the drug in the standard 75mg dose because Plavix’s patent just expired. It is currently the second best-selling drug in the world. Four other companies were given permission to sell the 300mg dose of the drug, which is usually given as an initial treatment to patients who have just had a heart attack.

Brand-name Plavix is marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Sanofi SA, which are now offering coupons giving a big discount off the brand name, which is currently about $200 a month.

Patients who sign up for the Plavix Choice Card program will get a 30-day supply for no more than $37 through the end of the year, if they are paying with cash or have private insurance. People who are covered by state or federal health insurance programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare, or are residents of Massachusetts do not qualify for the discount.

The generic version of Plavix should be available in drugstores starting immediately. Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies will start selling the drug on Saturday for around $40 a month, or a $10 co-pay with insurance.

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