Salix, Watson Launch Authorized Generic Of COLAZAL

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ks1905
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   Posted 12/28/2007 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not take 5ASAs so I don't keep up on it but if this is the first Generic version of Colazal this might be a nice cost effective alternative for some people.
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Salix, Watson Launch Authorized Generic Of COLAZAL
 
(RTTNews) - Friday, Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. reported an agreement with Watson Pharma, pursuant to which Watson will market and sell an authorized generic of COLAZAL or balsalazide disodium Capsules. Watson plans to unveil the authorized generic product soon. COLAZAL is an anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of mildly to moderately active ulcerative colitis
 
 
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   Posted 12/28/2007 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW!!!! This is big news, Keith-- thanks so much for posting!!!!!!! Original Colazal costs over $400 for a 30-day supply in my area. I've recently been wondering how I could afford it post-retirement when my health insurance benefits decline. Plus another member had posted here a couple months ago that Colazal's original patent would be in effect 'til 2013. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 12/29/2007 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Awesome news!
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   Posted 12/29/2007 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow!! That will help so many. Thanks for posting!!!
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RMA
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   Posted 12/29/2007 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   

That is great news ''

I spend around 400.00 a month ...my drug coverage for 2008 will be 2.500.00  medicare part d ..400. a month plus the other drugs will just eat that up ...the last 4 mos i have been struggling with buying my meds ....thanks tongue


REMIDCADE 10-02-07
colazal 750mg 3x3 a day
mercaptopurine 50mg 1 a day
allopurinol 100 mg
rowasa enema pm
multi vitamin
folic acid
fish oil
 
dx 2004 uc
 
 


Sharann
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   Posted 12/29/2007 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Dang!
My doctor just prescibed Colazal! I just went through awful hassles with the presciption benefits for Rowasa enemas verses the generic (which didn't work). So I hope that the generic will work for me once I am done with the brand name one.
I guess first I have to see if it works at all! Thanks for the info
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   Posted 12/29/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarann, interesting that you report generic Rowasa did not work for you. This has previously been mentioned by members *Jen* & Trixy's Got Butt Trouble, who both wrote that they went back to using original Rowasa to treat their flares. I have done o.k. with generic ingredients but find the hard-to-squeeze bottles a nuisance. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

RMA
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   Posted 12/29/2007 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Old Hat
Is that Generic Rowasa can you get that in the USA ...i go see my GI in 3 week's i will ask my doc if i can try ..because wen i hit that limit on my med coverage they will cover 75% on generic med that would be great ''

Thank's in advance
REMIDCADE 10-02-07
colazal 750mg 3x3 a day
mercaptopurine 50mg 1 a day
allopurinol 100 mg
rowasa enema pm
multi vitamin
folic acid
fish oil
 
dx 2004 uc
 
 


Sara14
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   Posted 12/29/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
RMA - Yes, you can get the generic Rowasa in the U.S. I don't know how much it costs without insurance, but with my insurance, I pay a $10 co-pay for a two week supply.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
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RMA
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   Posted 12/29/2007 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Things are looking up thank's Sara 14
REMIDCADE 10-02-07
colazal 750mg 3x3 a day
mercaptopurine 50mg 1 a day
allopurinol 100 mg
rowasa enema pm
multi vitamin
folic acid
fish oil
 
dx 2004 uc
 
 


Sharann
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   Posted 12/29/2007 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, the generic Rowasa(mesalamine) is quite cheap and the bottles they put them in are as well. I just had an awful time with the generic one. I am so tired of this. The pharm companies are raking it in for their "brand" name meds. I think it is a shame. I almost despise them as much as the insurance company theives.
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doors12
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   Posted 12/31/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's another link regarding generic Colazal and the brand name mfr Salix
 
 
It mentions 3 generics coming out, causing more competition (good for us)
 
For those who don't know, it's informative to click on 'News' in Google , and then search for "ulcerative colitis"
 
It keeps you up on happenings
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
 
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses. 

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