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Popular prescription drugs will soon be released as less-expensive generics

More than 30 prescription drugs used by Central New Yorkers will soon be available in lower-cost generic varieties.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – More than 30 prescription drugs used by Central New Yorkers will soon be available in lower-cost generic varieties.

According to insurance provider Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, the switch will save Upstate New Yorkers more than $196 million.

14 brand name drugs will become available in 2013, while another 23 will become available in 2014.

Among the drugs that will soon be available in generic form are Diovan, Cymbalta, and Niaspan.

For 17 years, the companies that developed the drugs have had patent protection that gives them the sole authority to make and sell them.

Prices for these drugs are usually high as companies look to cover their costs for research, development, and marketing of the drugs.

Marybeth McCall, Chief Medical Officer for Excellus, told NewsChannel 9, “Generics are safe and effective, they have a good track record. They will save not only the person taking the medicine money but save the system money."

Drugs scheduled to become available as generics in 2013
Brand Drug
Generic Name
Generic Availability*
Used for
Luxiq
betamethasone
valerate
January
Dermatoses
Luvox CR
fluvoxamine
February
OCD, Social anxiety disorder
Valcyte
valganciclovir
March
Viral infection
Diovan
valsartan
March
High Blood Pressure
Zomig/Zomig ZMT
zolmitriptan
May
Migraine
Fosamax D
alendronate/vitamin D
June
Osteoporosis
Rilutek
riluzole
June
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Temodar
temozolomide
August
Cancer
Niaspan
niacin extended release
September
Cholesterol
Advicor
lovastatin/niacin
September
Cholesterol
Lidoderm
lidocaine patch
September
Pain
Aciphex
rabeprazole
November
Gastroesophageal reflux
Vanos
fluocinonide
December
Dermatoses
Cymbalta
duloxetine
December
Depression, pain, fibromyalgia
 
Drugs scheduled to become available as generics in 2014
Brand Drug
Generic Name
Generic Availability*
Used for
Rapamune
sirolimus
January
Organ transplant
Detrol LA
tolterodine ER
January
Overactive bladder
Micardis
telmisartan
January
High blood pressure
Micardis HCT
telmisartan/hydrochlorothiazide
January
High blood pressure
Loestrin FE 24
ethinyl estradiol/norethindrone
January
Contraception
Asacol 400mg
mesalamine
January
Ulcerative colitis
Trilipix
fenofibric acid
January
Cholesterol
Avelox
moxifloxacin
February
Bacterial infection
Evista
raloxifene
March
Osteoporosis
Asacol 800mg
mesalamine
March
Ulcerative colitis
Viracept
nelfinavir
April
HIV
Nexium
esomeprazole
May
Heartburn
Celebrex
celecoxib
May
Pain
Lunesta
eszopiclone
May
Insomnia
Tazorac
tazarotene
June
Acne, psoriasis
Actonel
risedronate
June
Osteoporosis
Xeloda
capecitabine
June
Cancer
Nasonex
mometasone nasal spray
July
Allergic rhinitis
Lumigan
bimatoprost
August
Glaucoma
Renagel
sevelamer
September
Kidney disease
Exforge
amlodipine/valsartan
September
High blood pressure
Exforge HCT
amlodipine/valsartan/HCTZ
September
High blood pressure
TOBI
tobramycininhalataion
October
Cystic fibrosis
 
Information in tables via Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

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