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Old 12-05-2010, 08:37 AM   #21
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BTW the Diovan patent falls in 2012 so you may not have to split for very long.
Thanks all for the additional comments .......they've been helpful.

chemist: thanks esp. for that tip. I know my nightmare would be going on a trip and forgetting the splitter......I imagine that the splitter is big enough that I can't carry it in my jacket pocket all the time like I do my travel pills. I never have to remember the pills; just to take the right jacket.

My health plan coverage is such that splitting the high strength
Diovan would make it the same price as the mid strength Losartan. Doubling the Losartan might or might not work (intend to try w/ Doc's consent w/ remaining trial Rx when he's back) but I know Diovan works and would worry less about side effects than w/ something new (Losartan)
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:21 AM   #22
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This is due to other manufacturers entering the market. Thanks to Hatch-Waxman Act the first generic company to challenge a patent gets a 6 month exclusive window to market their generic. That has caused a 'sub-generic brand' where the new generic has come out - but since there is only one generic (and sometimes the brand name's own subsidiary generic company will market their own) the price only drops about 15%.
6 months later when the exclusivity ends, the generic price drops accordingly or if you are gouging the consumer, it only lowers another 15% and the pharmacy makes some dough (sounds like you are going to a reputable place based on the above prices).

Now some of the bigger problems I have seen is 'old' generics quadrupling in price because many of the generic manufactures have withdrawn from the market or there have been market shortages. Potassium Chloride and Nitrofurantoin come to mind....
Thanks for that explanation. Makes sense.
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