ZakMeister

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What are there generics so expensive..i mean they are linked to same generics mftr I just don't understand why it's so expensive!! I know glumetza has different release of mechanism. But it doesn't mean it's generic is so freaking expensive!

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What are there generics so expensive..i mean they are linked to same generics mftr I just don't understand why it's so expensive!! I know glumetza has different release of mechanism. But it doesn't mean it's generic is so freaking expensive!

Thoughts?
Probably because brand glumetza is approx 130-150/tablet for metformin cash price...what a stupid drug at an even more stupid price.
 
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Well, let's blame it first on the real culprit: The FDA.

They were the fu*king idiots who first approved Glumetza and Fortamet to being with. Were those 2 drugs even necessary? No.

Apparently all you have to show in the US is that your drug is safe and effective. It can be the same exact copy cat of a drug with a minor change (released over 18 hours instead of 24 hours) and FDA has it's hands tied behind it's back approves it.

Do we have to go through all the bullsh** drugs they approved over the years to finally realize why these generics are so expensive? There are only a few manufacturers of generic Fortamet and Glumetza and for them to make money they have to charge high prices. There are, however, a ton of manufacturers for generic Glucophage XR and it's been out so long that demand and competition allows for low prices.
 

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The real question is why any insurance company would ever pay for Fortamet or Glumetza or their generics. Kickbacks?
 
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