New generic Oxycodone ER tablets available

New generic Oxycodone ER tablets available

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JWM
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New generic Oxycodone ER tablets available

For those who pay cash and might benefit from this info.. My pharmacy has the new Oxycodone 12 hour ER tablets available NOW as a generic, in 20mg strength. The 10, 40, and 80 should be available within a week or two I am told. These are not old, stockpiles, but the new generic from Mallinckrodt. This drug will only be available for about 1 year I believe, until the end of 2009, but will hopefully save some of you some money over name brand Oxycontin if you so choose, and if you pay cash.. ask your pharmacy soon first, and then ask your doctor!

~JWM

I know I put this same info in another post, but wanted to repeat it as a new post in case anyone didn't read the other..

MFG info: http://pharmaceuticals.mallinckrodt.com/_Attachments/PressReleases/Oxy%20ER%20Press%20Release_FINAL%209-03-08.pdf

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Any reason why it will only

Any reason why it will only be produced for a year? Does anyone think they are trying to phase out oxycontin? What with dropping the affordable med then putting a time constraint on the production of another to one year!! Doesn't it take 7 years to get a drug on the market????? Puzzled

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The patent holder is in total control until 2014 in this case.

Since the drug is already on the market it's just an application/approval and testing of their tablets (simplified) to get a generic on the market.(not a new drug, no 7 year tests..) In this case Endo I believe(?) legally owns the rights to sell Oxy ER *Exclusively* until 2014. So essentially, THEY have the right to create these royalty-based, short term generic programs with other manufacturers as they see fit because one, it makes it seem like they care about those of use who can't afford name brand, and two, royalties royalties.. they make more money. It's very likely they will extend or renew the deal; it's in the patent holder's best interest.

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I certainly hope they make them hard to abuse/sniff/etc.. I don't need to lose any more friends.

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thx

ah yes, Purdue, that's it. I can't believe they didn't use a simple gelling agent, how ridiculous. Let's hope us humans use it more wisely this time around.

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It depends on the market, I guess...

Thanks, JWM, for the update - that is certainly good news. I went to my pharmacy yesterday and received the refund for the "penalty" I was charged for my name brand Oxy. When I was there, my pharmacist told me he had just received an email regarding the imminent re-release of the generic OxyContin, and that he would call his wholsaler again to find out when and if it will be coming to our market. I guess I'll find out next month when I go to fill my 'scrip! So, the moral of the story is: you just have to ask your own pharmacist to keep you updated on the availability in your area. What a nightmare!

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JWM wrote:F. My pharmacy has

This seems so strange since the generic hasn't been available for well over a year and my insurance co. *just* updated their formulary to reflect the fact that Oxycontin isn't available as a generic. While this is good news for most, and I"m glad a generic is going to be available, it may not be good news for me. I have to pay have the cost of the difference betw. the cost of brand and generic *if* a generic is available (in addition to a deductible which I just satisfied) and a higher monthly copay. The upshot for me may be that I will have to switch from brand to generic if my ins. co updates their formulary again to reflect the availability of a generic. There is likely to be a pretty signficant difference between the strength/quality of brand and Malinkrodt - IMHO, Malkinkrodt is one of the worst generics out there. I will have wasted $500 on paying the deductible for brand as well if I have to go back to the generic (which I will if my ins. co updates it's forumlary again since I can't afford to pay the diff. between brand and generic every month!).

I'm really confused since I thought that the reason the generics were taken off the market had something to do with the fact that they could be abused too easily. I don't recall the exact details....

For most people though I realize that the availability of a generic is good news, so I'm happy in the abstract Wink Unfortunate that it's Malinkrodt...

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Confusa

Confusa wrote:

This seems so strange since the generic hasn't been available for well over a year and my insurance co. *just* updated their formulary to reflect the fact that Oxycontin isn't available as a generic...

...I'm really confused since I thought that the reason the generics were taken off the market had something to do with the fact that they could be abused too easily. I don't recall the exact details....


Confusa-
If your insurance company has been charging you for name brand Oxy as though the generic were available, then you have every right to insist that the charges (any difference you paid and any deductible you were charged)are refunded to you for the period of time that the generic was NOT available. Just because they didn't bother to update their records doesn't mean that you just have to pay whatever they say. That was exactly my point in the previous post about this subject. My ins. co. tried to charge me a penalty for getting Oxy when they "heard" the generics were available. I called them IMMEDIATELY and complained and they contacted my RX company to change the wording. I was then able to get a refund from my pharmacy for the difference between what I was charged and what I SHOULD have been charged. If you hve been paying this penalty for over a year, you need to make a stink. And don't take "no" for an answer. What they did was illegal and they know it. As long as you don't back down and be prepared to make lots of phone calls and stay on hold a lot, you should get reimbursed. Please let me know if I can help you in any way or if you have any questions.

Regarding your second comment, the generics were pulled because of the patent infringement lawsuit Purdue filed against Malkinkrodt. They are being re-released (or already have been in some markets)in "limited quantities", and only through 2009 due to an agreement between the two companies. If you click on the link in the OP, it gives you all the details. Being generic has nothing whatsoever to do with whether a drug is easily abused or not. That was a whole other issue...