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Re: Wellbutrin SR recently gone Generic?

Posted by King Vultan on July 19, 2004, at 17:07:22

In reply to Wellbutrin SR recently gone Generic?, posted by Snoozin on July 19, 2004, at 14:46:48

> I just got my prescription filled for Wellbutrin SR, 150 mg pills, and I got a generic today for the first time. Did this drug just recently go generic? Where can I find that information?
> I'm just a bit paranoid about medication mix-ups, that's all. Funny, though, my copayment for the generic was higher than for the brand named drug.
> ??
> Susan

Yes, there was some litigation involved between GlaxoSmithKline and a couple of the generic companies, but this finally got resolved several months ago. The 100 mg pill was the first one introduced by the generic companies, and it looks like they have now released a 150 mg pill--the generic version being called bupropion SR. The Wellbutrin XL version was only recently released by Glaxo and is their product exclusively, the impetus no doubt being a desire to hold onto some of their sales. The XL version does offer the convenience of once a day dosing, which might be of importance to some people.

As drug costing is a particular interest of mine, I wonder why your copayment for the generic would be higher than the brand name. How does your copayment scheme work, and were the drugs purchased under the same conditions, such as at the same pharmacy or both through mail order?





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