FDA actions

In the biggest generic launch since last year's atorvastatin (Lipitor), the FDA has approved generic clopidogrel (Plavix). The popular antiplatelet drug, with sales of more than $9 billion last year, will be available from seven generic manufacturers in the 75 mg strength and four manufacturers in the 300 mg strengths. The immediate "multisource" status of the generic approval should result in dramatic cost reductions for patients, from an average of $200 per month to about $40 per month. The drug is approved for treatment of acute coronary syndrome and prevention of thrombotic events in patients who have had a recent myocardial infarction, recent stroke, or peripheral artery disease.