Generic drug update regarding Imitrex
We have, on our shelf right now, generic Imitrex injections (not pills). This wasn’t supposed to be out until February of next year, but we’ve got it now. The pills should be out soon, assuming GlaxoSmithKline doesn’t file a bunch of lawsuits (see below for explanation). I think the nasal spray may be generic now also, but I’m not sure.
GlaxoSmithKline might file a lawsuit against a generic manufacturer to get an automatic patent extension.
That’s why the generic for OxyContin disappeared (Purdue Pharma sued) and Plavix was generic for about a half a second (Sanofi-Aventis and/or Bristol-Myers Squibb sued).
I wonder how many BILLIONS of extra dollars the taxpayers are paying on brand name OxyContin and on Plavix for medicare and medicaid patients? Why doesn’t the media ever report on this welfare abuse?