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Do you take Plavix or Singulair?

Generic Alternatives

Several popular brand name drugs are coming off patent—that is, will have a generic equivalent available. When you take generic medications instead of brand name medications, you and the Fund save money. The FDA recently approved the generic version of the blood thinner Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate) and a generic version of the allergy/asthma medication Singulair (Montelukast).

Generic medications approved by the FDA are of the same high quality and strength as brand name drugs. This means when it comes to purity, strength, active ingredients, quality and effects on the body, generic drugs are comparable to their brand name equals. In addition, the generic manufacturing and packaging sites must pass the same quality standards as those for brand name drugs. If you are taking or your doctor prescribes Plavix or Singulair, you should ask whether the generic alternative is appropriate for you.

To reivew potential cost savings with generics, visit the Prescription Drug page.