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Generic Aricept Prices Ready to Drop (Donepezil)

This is good news for existing Alzheimer’s patients, and the over 1,200 new patients, on average, being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s each day…
Several new companies have received approval from the FDA to sell the generic.

  • Sandoz has launched generic versions of treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, the generic pharmaceuticals division of Swiss drug maker Novartis said Wednesday.
  • Teva Announces Launch of Generic Aricept in the United States
  • Actavis’ generic Aricept gets FDA nod

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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in alzheimer's

 

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Which Drugs Are Most Prescribed

What Drug Did Doctors Prescribe Most Last Year?

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What Drug Did Doctors Prescribe Most Last Year?

That’s the message from the  latest report on U.S. medication use by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, which found that non-branded drugs now make up 78% of all prescriptions dispensed.

There are only three name-brand drugs on the list of the most commonly prescribed medications: Pfizer’s Lipitor, at #12; Sanofi-Aventis’s and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Plavix, at #23 and Merck’s Singulair, at #25. And all three are due to lose patent protection this year or next. (The report also says that within 6 months of patent loss, generics take 80% of prescription share.)

The year’s runaway favorite drug was, once again, hydrocodone/acetaminophen, the generic form of the painkiller Vicodin. More than 131 million prescriptions were dispensed last year, about 37 million more than the second-most popular drug, the generic anti-cholesterol drug simvastatin.

The list of top-selling drugs by dollars, of course, is made up entirely of brand-name drugs, with Lipitor, AstraZeneca’s Nexium, Plavix, GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair Diskus and Bristol-Myers’s and Otsuka America’s Abilify as Nos. 1-5. (Forbes’s Matthew Herper wonders how Nexium, “the poster child for me-too medicines,” managed to generate $6.3 billion in sales.)

Overall, spending on medicines rose to more than $307 billion, up just 2.3%. Here’s the Dow Jones Newswires story about the report.

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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in alzheimer's

 

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Branded Generic Aricept Price Drops 36 Percent

This is important news. Especially important for families that were unable to afford Aricept previously. This is also good news for those families using the combination of Aricept and Namenda. Please share.

Each day, on average, over 1,200 persons are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. By the end of May, branded generic Aricept will be affordable for a greater number of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
This new pricing is about $100 below the average pricing from last month.
The news on generic Aricept is going to get better soon. After the exclusivity period ends on May 25, the price of generic Aricept is expected to fall into the $50 – $75 area for a 30 day supply.
Second, this new pricing model for Aricept will make the combination of Namenda and Aricept more affordable for those who can benefit from this treatment.

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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in alzheimer's

 

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Generic Aricept News and Pricing

The new generic form of Aricept has entered the market.
I am hearing conflicting news on the price.
I checked two of the national pharmacies located in Delray Beach and received the following prices for 10mg, 30 day supply of generic aricept — $230 and $253. Both prices are near the the price for the brand drug. (see the bottom of this article for additional pricing information around the country).
Teva Introduces Generic Aricept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) Orally Disintegrating Tablets (New Generic Has Shipped)
Ranbaxy Launches Donepezil 5 mg and 10 mg Tablets to U.S. Healthcare System
  • A reader checked in with the following information. She found:10mg Qty-30 for $160.00 at Total Care Pharmacy in Dry Ridge, KY.
  • Just spoke with a pharmacist at a local CVS. They have the generic in stock and said the cash price was $130 cheaper. They don’t have our insurance info, so I couldn’t get anything more exact.

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Posted by on December 3, 2010 in alzheimer's

 

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