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Generic drugs are held to the same federal Food and Drug Administration standards for safety and performance as the brand names, yet can sell for 30–80 percent less.

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Ortho Evra® now available as
generic!


Generic Name: Norelgestromin / Ethinyl Estradiol
Brand Name: Ortho Evra®

Drug class and uses: Norelgestromin / Ethinyl Estradiol is a contraceptive patch applied to the skin that releases synthetic estrogen and progestin hormones to prevent pregnancy.

Before the release of generic Norelgestromin / Ethinyl Estradiol, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. was the only manufacturer of this product, with approximately US sales of $152.9 million in 2013.

Cymbalta® now available as generic!


Generic Name: Duloxetine
Brand Name: Cymbalta®

Drug Class and Uses: Duloxetine is used to treat anxiety, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, or chronic muscle or bone pain.

Before the release of generic Duloxetine, Eli Lilly was the only manufacturer of this product with sales of over of $5.2 billion in 2013.

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Evista® now available as generic!


Generic Name: Raloxifene
Brand Name: Evista®

Drug class and uses: Raloxifene treats and prevents osteoporosis (weak or thin bones) in women who are past menopause. Raloxifene also helps decrease the risk of breast cancer in women who are past menopause and at high risk of getting breast cancer.

Before the release of generic Raloxifine, Eli Lilly was the only manufacturer of this product with 2013 sales U.S. sales totaling $772 million.

Diovan® now available as generic!


Generic Name: Valsartan
Brand Name: Diovan®

Drug Class and Uses: Valsartan is indicated for the treatment of high blood pressure.

Before the release of generic Valsartan, Novartis was the only manufacturer of this product with approximately $1.7 billion in sales in the U.S. for 2013.

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