Generic Colazal on the way!!!

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   Posted 1/2/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)
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   Posted 1/2/2008 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I wonder though if it will be same as the brand name....for example, some people do better with the brand name Rowasa the with the Mesalamine enemas. Because I know that once it hits the shelves that I will automatically go to the generic unless I specifically have my GI write it out for Colazal because my insurance prefers generic over brand name.
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   Posted 1/2/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hopefully the generic should be the same as the brand name.  Also, to combat the loss in revenue from generics, the maker of Colazal (Salix) has partnered up with another pharma company to manufacture a generic version itself - so I would assume their version should be closest to the brand.

It seems that there will be 3-4 companies marketing generic versions of Colazal.  Salix is working towards getting FDA approval to market a once-a-day granulated mesalamine form that's not available in the USA yet (but is overseas - Salofalk Granu). It's good to see that there's some healthy competition going on.

Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone 60mg - taper.

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   Posted 1/2/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Generic Canasa would be nice. Those things are over $10 a pop.
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