Kapidex / Dexilant (dexlansoprazole): another stupid drug that should not exist.

by Caleb Reading

UPDATE: To avoid being confused with Casodex, Kapidex has changed its name to Dexilant.

Every pharmaceutical trade magazine I’ve been reading recently has an ad for Kapidex (dexlansoprazole) in it.  What a coincidence that this drug is coming out now.  Dexlansoprazole is the R-isomer of Lansoprazole.  In other words, Kapidex is the active isomer of Prevacid, a drug that is supposed to go generic this November.  What a coincidence that this drug was released now, less than six months before Prevacid goes generic.  Kapidex, by the way, costs around five dollars per pill.

Another lovely thing Takeda Pharmaceuticals did with this product is provide an oh-so-helpful comparison chart in their print ad.  They compare Kapidex 30 mg and 60 mg with Lansoprazole 30 mg.  Notice something misleading about that?  Well, since Kapidex is the active isomer, they’re comparing 30 mg of Prevacid to something that is similar to 60 mg or 120 mg of Prevacid.  Then they say, “Look, this is stronger, doctor, and the cash price is comparable (for now).  You should switch all your patients over before Prevacid goes generic and gets way cheaper 6 months from now.”

Man, I just can’t wait till we get that first prescription for this overpriced, unethical, system-bloating rebranded drug.  I’ll be counting those pills thinking, “5 . . . this is why I can’t afford good insurance . . . 10 . . . this is why I can’t afford good insurance . . . 15 . . . this is why I can’t afford good insurance . . .”