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More ways to save on generic drugs

As generic versions of widely used brand name drugs continue to come to market, you may have even more ways to save. Generic drugs generally cost from 20 percent to 80 percent less than their brand name equivalents.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a generic drug is the same as the brand name drug in dosage, form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics, and intended use. The Congressional Budget Office says that generic drugs save consumers an estimated $8 billion to $10 billion a year at retail pharmacies.

Check with your doctor to see if any of these cost-effective generics will work for you:

BRAND NAME DRUG
Generic Name
Used to treat
Formulary Alternative
*Date of Generic Release
BONIVA
ibandronate
Osteoporosis
Alendronate, ACTONEL
March 19, 2012
LEXAPRO
escitalopram
Depression
Citalopram, sertraline, paroxetine, CYMBALTA
March 14, 2012
PLAVIX
clopidogrel
Prevents blood clots (acts as a blood thinner)
EFFIENT, BRILINTA
May 2012
PROVIGIL
modafinil
Problems staying awake
Methylphenidate, NUVIGIL
April 2012
REVATIO
sidenafil
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a type of high blood pressure
ADCIRCA, LETAIRIS
March 2012
SEROQUEL **IR
quetiapine
Bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia
Risperidone, olanzapine, ABILIFY
March 27, 2012
*Dates are subject to change. ** IR = immediate release dosage form

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