Plavix patent upheld by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

There are 3 comments on the Mar 31, 2010, Drug Store News story titled Plavix patent upheld by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In it, Drug Store News reports that:

NEW YORK The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office plans to uphold the patent protection of a blockbuster blood-thinning drug, thus reducing the chances of the launch of a generic before the patent expires, according to published reports.

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Elaine Feess

Griffin, GA

#1 Apr 5, 2010
We desperately need a generic. My insurance copay is almost 100.00. This added to all the copays of the other 20 drugs my husband has to take every day is almost more than we can afford. Copays alone a monthe for him is 500.00. I cannot imagine not having insurance.
Kim Campbell

North Port, FL

#2 May 18, 2010
OK, your husband is on 20 drugs. That in and of itself is a bit scary. Usually there are better options than going broke. Plavix is the best for platelet problems so the other drugs would be worth looking at. The pricey drugs for the GI tract need to be looked at first. Have an honest talk with your doctor, tell him what the drugs are costing you and ask if he will consider some of the other drugs that would do as well. I have an 85 year old mother. When I got to taking care of her she was on 25 drugs. Some of them were making her worse. I spoke with the doctors and we slowly tapered most of them and now my mother is on a rhythm controller, baby aspirin, blood thinner, and a sleeping aid. Also contact the pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs, some of them have assistance programs for people in certain financial categories.
I hope it gets better for you.
The real truth

United States

#3 Jun 23, 2010
Elaine Feess wrote:
We desperately need a generic. My insurance copay is almost 100.00. This added to all the copays of the other 20 drugs my husband has to take every day is almost more than we can afford. Copays alone a monthe for him is 500.00. I cannot imagine not having insurance.
While people complain about the cost of drugs; people demand new and better drugs. What you do not think about is it takes sometimes 20 years to get a drug to the table w/FDA approval. At the cost of millions of research. What you do not realize that the drug companies of 17 years in patent to make the money up for what they spent and to make a profit to produce new drugs. Along comes these generic companies and legally challenge to break patents so they steal these drugs and sell them for cheaper. Keep that in mind when you ask for generic you are hurting the future of new drugs to help others.

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