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Not sure what this means - Regarding Valcyte

Discussion in 'Antivirals, Antibiotics and Immune Modulators' started by redaxe, Mar 1, 2015.

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    redaxe Senior Member

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    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    The prices for both the Indian generic of Valcyte and another generic can be found on one of the Valcyte threads here.

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    @redaxe I am confused by this b/c there is already a generic available in U.S. Pharmacies of Valcyte made by Qualitest. This is the only one my insurance would pay for and Qualitest has a horrible track record with product recalls and contaminated products and lawsuits.

    Needless to say I declined and am taking the brand version by Genentech/Roche. The only other option I had heard of was Cipla an Indian company. So this is confusing!
     
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    August59 Daughters High School Graduation

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    I believe that it was the "production facility" that caused the failure of this company to supply a FDA approved generic in the US. This company may very well be supplying generic Valcyte in other countries already.
     
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    @SOC and others, it must already be off patent since the Qualitest version is already available in U.S. pharmacies. This is what confused me!
     
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    Sure enough, my daughter refilled her Valcyte prescription this week and the mail-order pharmacy associated with our insurance sent the Qualitest generic valgancyclovir, not the name brand Valcyte.

    The bad news is, they charged us the same amount we'd been paying for the name brand. :mad: I'm going to have to look into that.

    I'm not happy to hear @Gingergrrl's report that Qualitest has such an abysmal track record.
     
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    I wouldn't buy cough drops from Qualitest, much less Valcyte. Here are the excerpts from an article I originally sent to @Gingergrrl. It was the first thing that popped up when I Googled "Qualitest quality":
    Instead, if you can afford it, I would recommending buying the Cipla generic Valgan direct from AllDayChemist. Cipla’s bulk manufacturing facilities have been FDA approved for thirty years now, and they undergo regular FDA inspections. They are a top quality generic drug manufacturer. At 900 mg/day, their generic Valgan costs $360/month from AllDayChemist. It typically costs much more from other pharmacies.
     
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    That's disturbing. :( Do you know anything about the reliability of that website -- in-pharmatechnologist, or the author of the article?

    I'm eager for a generic Valcyte, but not if I'm going to pay the same price as the brand name version and not if it's poor quality.
     
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    Hey! Good news for people who need Valcyte but can't afford it! When the dust settled, our insurance-associated pharmacy only charged us $20 for 90 days of Valcyte. That is not going to be true for everyone, but if you have a policy like ours with a standard price for any generic, this is huge. :thumbsup:

    Now let's hope the generic works as well as the brand. :cautious:
     
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