Teva Announces Launch of Generic Prot...

Teva Announces Launch of Generic Protonix Tablets, 20 mg and 40 mg

There are 62 comments on the Med Ad News story from Dec 27, 2007, titled Teva Announces Launch of Generic Protonix Tablets, 20 mg and 40 mg. In it, Med Ad News reports that:

Dec 24, 2007 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. announced today that it has commercially launched Pantoprazole Sodium Delayed Release Tablets, 20 mg and 40 mg, which are AB-rated to Wyeth's erosive GERD ... via Med Ad News

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Fort Smith, AR

#1 Jan 19, 2008
I've just taken a generic tablet of Protonix... and so far, I'm not getting any relief and my heartburn is raging. If this keeps up, I'm going back to the pharmacy for the Wyeth Protonix.
Lester PA

Sterling Heights, MI

#2 Jan 26, 2008
Same here. I have been taking the generic for a week now and I'm feeling God awful. I too am going to get the Wyeth Protonix from my pharmacy.

Duvall, WA

#3 Feb 3, 2008
Protonix wasn't a good drug when it existed only as the brand.

Watsontown, PA

#4 Mar 7, 2008
No relief from generic protonix either, after taking the Wyeth brand with total success. Dr. had to switch me to aciphex cause insurance wouldn't cover brand Protonix now that there's a generic.
Lisa M

Davenport, IA

#5 Mar 14, 2008
Hhassing wrote:
I've just taken a generic tablet of Protonix... and so far, I'm not getting any relief and my heartburn is raging. If this keeps up, I'm going back to the pharmacy for the Wyeth Protonix.
Do you know who was the manufacturer of the generic that you took? There is one that was approved by Wyeth called ESI lederle, so it might be better.
Chas NH

Nashua, NH

#6 Mar 21, 2008
After having tried every other proton pump inhibitor at least twice, Protonix was the only one that woprked for me. If the generic is approved by the FDA as an equivalent, how can it not work? I am suspicious of the above posts.

United States

#7 Apr 8, 2008
Chas NH wrote:
After having tried every other proton pump inhibitor at least twice, Protonix was the only one that woprked for me. If the generic is approved by the FDA as an equivalent, how can it not work? I am suspicious of the above posts.
I agree - it does not make sense does it? Both are supposedly pantoprazole, 40 mg tablets. But I have to agree with those posts. I had to switch over due to insurance, and have tried to start using the generics twice. Both times it left me sore-throated, heartburn, etc after about 4-5 days. I still have some Protonix left and those rescued me (for now). But I need to solve this soon, before my last real Protonix are depleted.

Highland, CA

#8 Apr 16, 2008
I almost ended up in emergency room with digestive pain and heartburn etc. Finally figured out that I had just started generic Protonix. Now I know what my problem was. Went to doctor today and got new prescription for brand. Be very careful with this generic.

Since: Jan 08

Seymour, IN

#9 Apr 28, 2008
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Saint Petersburg, FL

#10 May 9, 2008
I was so thrilled to come across this site and read that others were experiencing problems with the generic for Protonix. I just left my doctor's office, and after complaining to him, he tried to tell me there was any difference in the medications (brand or generic). I told him, all of my symptoms had returned. I felt Protonix was a God-send and I actually went an entire year without a single episode of reflux. There really is something different with the generic brand -- I feel like I now take a placebo.

Olympia, WA

#11 May 12, 2008
I agree the generic sucks. My husband and I both started on the gereric and have suffered ever since. We are going back to the name brand.

Indianapolis, IN

#12 May 28, 2008
I have to agree with Meema in FL... I feel like I'm now taking a placebo. I haven't had an episode of reflux the entire time I took the brand Protonix. I have started the generic about two weeks ago and I have had problems almost every night since starting it.
carol in ky

Salyersville, KY

#13 Jun 1, 2008
this is the worse generic med i have taken
was doing good on brand had to switch to
generic beacuse of insurance . do not change
from brand to generic because you will get
sick agian in did .

Saint Petersburg, FL

#14 Jun 3, 2008
TALK TO YOU DOCTORS!! I told my doctor today that my symptoms had returned using the generic drug for Protonix (Pantoprazole Sodium, the drug manufactured by Teva), and he told me, he'd not only report it, but he gave me a new prescription for Protonix and noted that it must be filled with the original brand drug by Wyeth!! This drug had been a God-send for me and I'm delighted to have it back :>).

Chicago, IL

#15 Jun 11, 2008
Lester PA wrote:
Same here. I have been taking the generic for a week now and I'm feeling God awful. I too am going to get the Wyeth Protonix from my pharmacy.
Are you a drug rep or do you just work directly for Wyeth?
Oh please! "I'm feeling .... get the Wyeth Protonix."
Who talks like this other than someone with the company? So silly. When you cut yourself do you proclaim that you're going to get a "Band-Aid Brand Bandage"?
All generics have been certified as bioequivalent to the older branded formulations by the FDA and Teva is an established, good brand for generics.
So, I'll tell my pharmacist: "Make mine, Teva Protonix, please! And keep the change!"

Chicago, IL

#16 Jun 11, 2008
Oh and even better news -- Wyeth has announced its own subsidiary will start selling its OWN generic version of its own drug! So if Wyeth can create a low cost 'generic'(phasing out the 'branded' version) then obviously Wyeth itself would agree that a generic is equally safe and effective!

Some people may be suffering from a subjective placebo effect. They believe that generics are cheaper and therefore inferior, and that only the more expensive branded version of a drug is good enough for them and their 'special' condition. Well if they were put in a study and weren't told whethere they received the generic vs. the brandid tablet, I would bet that there would be no difference. A pill with an FDA-certified bioequivalency is supposed to be identical in action.

So these people alleging that the generic Protonix is inferior, and not strond enough for their "special" problems should offer something more objective. Any proof that the pills are not identical other than the fact your heartburn acted up on a particular day?(And only AFTER you knew you were taking a generic?)

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January 30, 2008, 8:18 am
Generic Protonix and Wyeth as Takeover Bait
Posted by Jacob Goldstein
Wyeth said late yesterday that it’s introducing its own generic of heartburn blockbuster Protonix, the WSJ reports. That means the company was unable to come to a settlement with Teva over the generic manufacturer’s decidedly unauthorized version of the drug, which Wyeth has argued is patent-protected until 2010.

Israel’s Teva shipped generic Protonix just before Christmas amid litigation over Protonix’s patent protection. The companies soon agreed to a temporary ceasefire to talk things out. But the launch of a Wyeth-sponsored generic means the end of the ceasefire — and the end of branded Protonix, unless Wyeth comes up with a big victory in court.

Sales of brand name Protonix are off 67% since Teva’s brief launch of a generic, according to Steve Scala of Cowen & Company. That’s a big loss for a drug that had $1.45 billion in sales in the first nine months of last year. Wyeth’s generic may not gain much of a foothold: Teva may have already shipped major wholesalers a year’s supply of generic Protonix, writes Sanford Bernstein’s Tim Anderson.

So Wyeth’s earnings will take a hit this year. But that could mean the company will already be on the comeback trail in 2010-2012, when a wave of patent expirations will crash into the drug industry. Wyeth has solid patent protection on its vaccine Prevnar and its auto-immune drug Enbrel, two strong franchises that could fuel growth through those years.

Still, the latest hiccup at Wyeth prompts Bernstein’s Anderson to pose a provocative question:“Could WYE at some point be acquired?…[W]e think investors are likely to push for this to an increasing degree.”

Protonix Plus: Teva, whose generic pantoprazole already has 60% share of the Protonix market, will likely relaunch its drug soon, Dow Jones Newswires reports. The result should be a three-player market with TEVA, Prasco (Wyeth’s generic partner) and co-exclusivity holder Sun Pharm, which announced its launch today, with no one else likely to enter until January 2009.“We believe Teva’s Protonix opportunity should have a longer tail with limited competition beyond the statutory 180-day exclusivity period,” JPMorgan wrote to investors.

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Matawan, NJ

#17 Jun 12, 2008
I'm so glad to see the same thing i've just experienced. For the last month I took the generic protonix and my heartburn was back and was really bad even with double the dose. I just switched back to the brand name and everything is back to normal.

and to Spector - if you've experienced what the rest of us have you wouldn't have any doubt that the generic does not work as well. All the proof I need is that it did not work at all for me.

Nashville, TN

#18 Jul 6, 2008
Some of you posters are lemmings. The generic is tested by the FDA to be EXACTLY the same compound! Give me a break, I know.

Boone, NC

#19 Jul 29, 2008
Well, you might call me a lemming, but you have no idea what you are talking about. You don't "know" because you are incorrect. The generic might have the same amount of active ingredient, but that does not mean that it is the same overall compound. The filler that is used can be different.

I have been taking the brand name for several years and recently decided to switch to the generic. Since taken the generic for a month now, I have noticed that it has not been as effective. Although better than taking nothing at all, I had little to no symptoms with the name brand. I could care less about the maker as long as the outcome is the same – it is not. I will be switching back to the unfortunately more expensive name brand.

Break is over, Go back to school and learn something…

Cleveland, OH

#20 Aug 7, 2008
When the Teva generic came out I decided to try that since the pharmacist guaranteed it was the same as the name brand. I immediately started feeling my GERD symptoms again and made an appointment to see my doctor. After he heard that I was taking the generic he said that while the ingredients are identical the compounds can be quite different. He wrote me another script for Protonix and for the pharmacy to dispense as written. I filled a few perscriptions with the name brand and felt 100% better. Went to fill it a week ago and they didn't have enough of the name brand for me so the pharmacist told me about the Wyeth generic. Although the pills looks exactly the same and even have "PROTONIX" printed on them, I again am feeling the GERD symptoms immediately. While I cannot fully explain why, I just know that I am in agony and will refuse from this point on to receive the generic. And since my insurance charges the same co-pay for the brand name and generic there's no chance I'm taking the generic again!!!

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