Generic vs. Brand Name Drugs

Do you use generic heart drugs?
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Yes, whenever it's available - 71.4%
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No, generic may not be as good - 28.6%

 
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Kathlyn1950
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   Posted 10/20/2005 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Some of you have probably heard my complaining about not being able to afford my mediciation. I found a pharmacy checker at AARP which they say is reliable and honest. I trust most anything that AARP endorses. I found the generic form of Coreg, which is pretty expensive and for which I can no longer get samples I guess. If my cardiologist knew that I could not afford this, why would he not tell me to get generic, or is that up to me to request it? I was wondering if perhaps the generic form might be as good as the regular. What do you think? Thanks for your help!
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   Posted 10/20/2005 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hiya Kathy! tongue
 
Excellent question!
 
Basically Brand name medications and Generics are pretty similar.  The differences from what I've learned are in the smaller type things, like...size, shape, color, texture (one may be liquid, another pill form).  Where it could be a question mark for some, is the filler-the inactive ingredient.  This may be different than the Brand name med.  It could contain lactose, or it may have sugar as it's inactive ingredient.  This may decide which drug you would take in some cases, if you have an allergy to it.
 
The following is a great resource for any other questions.
 
Have a great day, Kathy!!
 
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   Posted 10/20/2005 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Kathlyn, I am really interested to know where you can by generic carvedilol which isn't made by Coreg, seems to be the only one I can find on the internet. I would change to the generic if there is one and it is cheaper!
   Jay
 
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beachjay
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   Posted 10/20/2005 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
BUY not BY!!! Sorry!
   Jay
 
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Teri16
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   Posted 10/20/2005 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BJ! :)

Someone else was just talking about this? Was that you, Kathy?? I'm not sure you can get it in the US, or if it's even made?

Hope someone comes along that can answer this one, or perhaps I'll find out more on the subject.

Hugs, Teri :)


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Kathlyn1950
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   Posted 10/20/2005 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Me too, Jay. I am going to get it through jandrugs in Canada. I went to this link first. So, your dr does not prescribe the generic version? I swore I had asked my dr and he said there was no generic. Oops, here is the link: http://www.jandrugs.com/, and here is some of the info at the bottom of the page:

"The FDA, due to the current state of their regulations, has taken the position that virtually all shipments of prescription drugs imported from a Canadian pharmacy by a U.S. consumer will violate the law.

All Canadian prescriptions are filled by Jandrugs, licensed by the
Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association, License # 32476
1883 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, MB Canada, R3N 1Z2
Telephone: (toll free) 1-866-395-3784 Fax: (toll free) 1-866-412-3784"

So now I'm wondering are we breaking the law if we purchase from there, or are they? D a r n it all.


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   Posted 10/20/2005 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not think that there is a generic yet for Carvedilol.  I've searched everywhere that I could think of - including a few Canadian Pharmacies.
 
So unless someone else can tell us what the name of the generic for Carvedilol? 
 
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   Posted 10/20/2005 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone! tongue
 
I'm not sure that this will help anyone, but I'm trying here! lol
 
I was looking up Carvedilol and came up with the following, Karvedilol,Carloc, Carvedilolum, Coreg, Dilatrend, Eucardic, Kredex, Carvedilol (generic name) .
 
Another name that I found in relation to Coreg and Carvedilol was Coropres.
 
Perhaps this will lead whoever is interested to something?!
 
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Kathlyn1950
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   Posted 10/21/2005 3:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought that CARVEDILOL was the generic name for it. Sorry if I confused anyone.
 

Carvedilol


 CARVEDILOL - ORAL (car-VEDD-ih-lol)

 COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Coreg


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Teri16
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   Posted 10/21/2005 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Coreg and Carvedilol are both made by the same manufacturer.
Coreg (Carvedilol) GlaxoSmithKline.
 
So let's assume that while Cavedilol has been made available at a cheaper cost than their brand name of Coreg - perhaps there are other "generics" available from other companies that may bring that price down even lower?  I hope so!
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Kathlyn1950
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   Posted 10/22/2005 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope so too, Teri!!
Happy Grandmommy to Amanda, Alayna, Wyatt and Ezekiel


dfox6
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   Posted 10/22/2005 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   

I found this while doing a search for Coreg.


"CARVEDILOL (Coreg™) belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers have many actions on the heart and blood vessels. Carvedilol is used for high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure. Carvedilol controls, but does not cure, these conditions. High blood pressure may not make you feel sick, but it can lead to serious health problems. Generic carvedilol tablets are not yet available."

 
 
Notice last sentence......Dave

Post Edited (dfox6) : 10/22/2005 6:37:55 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 10/22/2005 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dave! tongue
 
Thank you and Yes sad I saw the last sentence.
 
Thanks for helping with some of the research - please jump in here anytime!!
 
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DavidJ
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   Posted 11/8/2005 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
I'm David, and work at a pharmacy company. It looks like you were left with a couple questions.
First, Why do we have a generic when your doctor says there isn't one?
There's always a generic of a drug, the question is whether it's approved for sale or still under patent. Since we're in Canada, and you're purchasing from Canada, it's Canadian patent laws that apply. Coreg is off patent in Canada.
The second is Is it legal? First we disagree with the FDA's position. Your purchase is taking place in Canada and is subject to the laws of Canada. We put the disclaimer at the request of Squaretrade, who is a pharmacy inspection company used by Yahoo and Google to determine who is permitted to advertise with them. The FDA's and US customs unoffical policy is that you can order from Canada as long as it's a medicine for your personal use, (as opposed to for resale), and you have a prescription.
I hope that helps. All the best.

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Patoolla
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   Posted 11/8/2005 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi David and thank you for the good information!  It helps to hear these things coming from someone who actually works in that field!  So hard for us that don't to really know what is what!  LOL  God Bless, Pat

Kathlyn1950
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   Posted 12/1/2005 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you for the information, David! I didn't see your replies, or many of the other ones. I still have not actually sent to that pharmacy in Canada. But I want to.
Happy Grandmommy to Amanda, Alayna, Wyatt and Ezekiel

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