New Generics available for 3 Asthma Medications: Advair Diskus, Ventolin, and Proair
Having asthma or any other chronic health condition can be costly. According to a study from the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, people with asthma spend on average around $1,800 a year on prescription medications alone.
Until recently, the options for asthma medications were limited to brand names only. But new generic versions of common asthma medications Advair Diskus, Ventolin, and Proair have been approved by the FDA and are now available as low-cost alternatives.
What is a generic?
Once a patent expires, other companies are allowed to make their version of the medicine. These alternative versions are called generics. Though generics can take a while to get developed, once they are approved by the FDA, they can make a large impact on the market.
Most generic medications are just as effective as their name-brand counterparts, but come with lower price tags. Switching to a generic can allow you to save money while still enjoying the same medical benefits.
All about the new generic inhalers
Advair Diskus is a long-acting bronchodilator that is often prescribed for asthma. Featuring a combination of fluticasone and salmeterol, Advair works as a preventative treatment. This new generic is more similar to Advair’s formula, making the switch to its generic alternative more feasible.
Ventolin is a short-acting beta agonist that is commonly prescribed as a rescue inhaler for acute symptoms. Though one generic, Proair (also known as albuterol) has been available for several years, new generic versions produced by GlaxoSmithKline have been approved by the FDA. With more new options entering the market, prices for quick-relief inhalers may drop overall.
How can I switch to a generic inhaler?
If you or your child are currently taking Advair Diskus, Ventolin, or Proair ask your doctor about switching your prescription to a generic version. If your provider feels the medicines are similar enough, they may be willing to offer you the substitute. In general, asking about generic versions whenever you receive a prescription can help you save money.
Explore affordable medication options
Prescription medications for your chronic asthma are necessary to prevent exacerbating your condition. Switching to generic can be a great way to save money while still keeping your asthma treated and under control.
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