When is Asacol going to go generic

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jano437
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   Posted 1/26/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know when asacol is going to go generic? I am so sick of the price for this drug. My insurance pays some but I still have a $150 copay each month. When is the patent for this over? Is there any website out there that can tell us anything? Help
Janice
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 1/26/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure about the answer to your question. I'm wondering the same.

Is there a way for you to use a mail-order pharmacy? Through my insurance I'm required to use them for any maintanance meds. If I order a three month supply through them, it's the same $100 that I'd pay for a SINGLE month at the retail pharmacy. A serious saver for my pocketbook! Just an idea to look into.
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pb4
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   Posted 1/26/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, the canadian online pharmacy seems to be a popular choice for americans....personally here in Canada I thought asacol was pretty pricey anyways, same with cortifoam. I used asacol once before I had a severe allergic reaction to it way back 16 yrs ago so I don't recall the exact cost but at the time I know I was concerned about it being alot.

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Sara14
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   Posted 1/27/2008 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been wondering the same thing. I have good insurance, so my co-pay isn't that high, but it would still be nice to have it be even lower.
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D); fish oil


Judy2
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   Posted 1/27/2008 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I just looked it up, and the patent doesn't expire until 2013. I suppose the manufacturer could contract for a generic version before that if they lose too much business to generic Colazal, but otherwise it'll be a while.

You can look up expiration dates by going to Google and typing in "(name of drug) patent expiration"


Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
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kb5
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   Posted 1/27/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Canada does have a generic form of asacol. I have been using it for about a year. 400 pills cost about 170 dollars wheras the same for asacol at my local walgreens is about 430 bucks. This is the site I ues...

http://www.canadianpharmacymeds.com/
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, 15 mg pred, down to 10 mg 1/11/08!
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07...
Taken off of Imuran temporarily 1/11/08-back on 1/16/08
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea


disco
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   Posted 1/27/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Holy CRAP! What kind of insurance are you all on? My co_pay in $20, and I go through mail program so i get 90 days worth for $30
Diagnosed in spring 2005 at age 28
Currently on 12 asacol pills a day + Entocort


jano437
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   Posted 1/27/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your replies. I guess will just have to wait a little longer till it goes generic. Thanks Judilyn for looking this up.

Janice
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Pro-Bio
Forvia
calcium
Diosmin(for leg and vein support)


icanrace
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   Posted 1/27/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
ya, mail order is the way to go if you can. I get 3 months for 50.00 otherwise it's like $250 for a months supply!
started Prednisone & Asacol on Thursday 10-4-2007

currently OFF Prednisone


Beth75
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   Posted 1/28/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
yikes! what about sulfasalazine? that is cheap, right?
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
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Yujin
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   Posted 2/22/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Theres already a generic for Asacol.. and thats what im taking now... its very cheap and i just bought it online... the medicine came from India..

2nto
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   Posted 9/18/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this forum and have uc for about 3.5 years now. I use to have really good insurance, copay about $20 a month. The company downsized and I am at a new place, took a paycut and the insurance is really bad. I pay around $250 for 20 days worth of Asacol. I went to the canadian website for the generic. How is the generic asacol? Do you feel that you get the same results?

Was on Asacol 2 pills, 3x day, but am going thru a flare up and back up to 9 pills or 12 pills a day.
The financial stress is really starting to affect my family. Doctor is not helping with information on generic or alternate meds...any information would be great on the generic meds?
thanks

Peety
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   Posted 9/18/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is the website for assistance from the pharmaceutical companies if you can't afford your drugs.
https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php
I know safety net clinics use it for their patients who can't afford medicines.
If anyone tries it let us know how it works!

If I use mail order my co-pay is $40 or $75, I forget, for three months supply. Thank goodness.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. 
Currently tapering OFF prednisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
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Judy2
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   Posted 9/18/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   

The manufacturer of Asacol also has a patient assistance program. Here's the link for that:

 

http://www.pgpharma.com/patient_assistance.shtml


Judy - Southern US 
 
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GDen
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   Posted 5/3/2009 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Judilyn said...
The manufacturer of Asacol also has a patient assistance program. Here's the link for that:



http://www.pgpharma.com/patient_assistance.shtml

Man that's great! I didn't know about that. Thank you.

Libra49
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   Posted 7/9/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Judilyn said...
The manufacturer of Asacol also has a patient assistance program. Here's the link for that:



http://www.pgpharma.com/patient_assistance.shtml

Thank you, that is great news, I never knew about that! I am currently paying 204.55 dollars a month for Asacol. I have to pay the full price every month, but after I meet my deductable of 1,000, I get a check back from Aetna for 163.64.

pam222
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   Posted 7/9/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Beth75 said...
yikes! what about sulfasalazine? that is cheap, right?

very cheap. i had it prescribed to me once for a month before i was diagnosed and it was $14 without any insurance
26 year old female
Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08 by flex. sig. as I was pregnant at the time and did not want to be put under for a colonoscopy
Breastfeeding my baby boy (born 4/8/09)
15 mg Prednisone AM, 10 mg PM (tapering from 60mg a day)
Started Remicade 6/11/09 (2 infusions so far)
Was on Asacol (2400mg or 3600mg a day) for 6 months with no success


bookgal77
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   Posted 7/9/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
You can also check with your GI to see if they have any samples they can give you. I've gotten a couple of month's supply that way (it's a $70 monthly copay for me).
**Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001; diagnosis changed to Crohn's disease in 2009 (but still only impacts colon)
**Asacol (4800 mg daily), 6-MP (100 mg daily -- recently switched from Imuran), Prednisone (8 mg daily...for a few more weeks), Flagyl (250 mg every other day), Nexium (40 mg daily)
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 7/9/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I doubt you can get into the P&G program if you're employed/insured. You have to submit tax forms that show you made below a certain income. It's hard to show income that low even if you don't work consistently. I am in the program thankfully. I get my Asacol for free. It doesn't make a hell of a lot of sense to me when working people with insurance are struggling to pay for medication. I am thankful these PA programs exist, I would probably be in the hospital with out it. Before I was in the P&G program, I ordered from Canada drugstores. They sell a generic and it would probably be cheaper to order than to pay $150 a month for Asacol. US insurance companies are a ripoff.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...


howdyho
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   Posted 7/10/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   

For any FDA approved drug, you can check the "Orange Book" to see what patent(s) cover the product and when patent coverage will end.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/ob/default.cfm

This gies you an idea when generic versions are likely to start appearing for a drug. 

 


monkey_99
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   Posted 12/3/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm with everyone else on wanting to know when it will be generic.
 
I saw my GI doc a few weeks ago and he told me that the 400mg Asacol would be going generic as soon as the 800mg pills were put to market (and yes.. there will not be a 800mg generic option)
 
I'm going to see my doc again next week and i'll see if he has any more info.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/3/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
just order from Canada, there is a generic available and it's way cheaper than buying Asacol here. I use Ipocol right now, I am in the P&G Patient assistance program but my doctor responded too slowly with my prescription so I had to order from Canada. Thank god for Canadian Pharmacies. tongue
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
Horrible relapse: August 08 - December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
Canasa nightly + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
 


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   Posted 1/11/2010 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Asacol is one of several brand names for" mesalamine"
 
Some Other names are: Lialda, Pentasa,5-Aminosalicylic acid, salafalk,Apriso,Canasa and Rowasa.
 
It is available in a number of different strengths and therefore the number of tablets to be taken can vary.
 
If you google "mesalamine" you can likely find it avaialabe much cheaper from Canada.
 
If you have a drug plan, check to see which name they stock it under as price may vary depending on whic name your physician uses .
 
Do youir own search to confirm info
 
 

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   Posted 1/11/2010 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Worab, the different names refer to different formulations of mesalamine. They do not all have the same delivery system/ treat UC symptoms the same way! Some are pH-dependent, some are extended-release, and others dissolve toward the left colon-- they are not necessarily interchangeable. The experienced IBD gastros will prescribe one or another depending on the extent of the patient's inflammation. UCers with pancolitis may do better on Asacol, Lialda, or Pentasa; left-siders may need Colazal. Generic drugs carry another element of risk, which was discussed in the New York Times on Dec. 18-19: they don't always work as well as the brandname med-- for any of several reasons. I had to return to brandname med because the one available generic 5-ASA made me sick; others posting here reported similar experiences. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)

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   Posted 9/2/2010 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I switched from Asacol to Colazal and I have had no side effects. I had hair loss with Asacol. I take the generic for Colazal. Once it came out in generic my insurance charged me the whole amount ($400) for three months for brand name, so I am on the generic for Colazal. It works fine for me.
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