Generic Product News (November 2018)

Pharmacy Times, November 2018 Cough, Cold, & Flu, Volume 84, Issue 11

Read about the generic products featured in November.

Mylan N.V.

COMPARE TO: Adcirca

INDICATION: Mylan is launching tadalafil to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, with the goal of improving the ability to exercise. Tadalafil is FDA approved as the first generically equivalent drug to Adcirca, with 180 days of exclusive marketing.

DOSAGE FORM: Oral tablet

FOR MORE INFORMATION: mylan.com

SODIUM NITROPRUSSIDEMARKETED BY: Medicure Inc

COMPARE TO: Nitropress

INDICATION: The FDA has approved sodium nitroprusside (SNP) as therapeutically equivalent to Nitropress as a generic cardiovascular drug. SNP can be used to induce hypotension during surgery to reduce bleeding, lower blood pressure in patients undergoing a hypertensive crisis, and treat acute congestive heart failure.

DOSAGE FORM: Intravenous injection

FOR MORE INFORMATION: medicure.com

DIPHENOXYLATE HYDROCHLORIDE AND ATROPINE SULFATE TABLETSMARKETED BY: Upsher-Smith

COMPARE TO: Lomotil

INDICATION: Atropine sulfate tablets and diphenoxylate hydrochloride are FDA approved as an AA-rated equivalent to Lomotil to treat diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. The tablets contain 2.5 mg of diphenoxylate hydrochloride and 0.025 mg of atropine sulfate. Because they are a schedule V-controlled substance with potential for abuse, caution should be taken when prescribing.

DOSAGE FORM: Tablet

FOR MORE INFORMATION: upsher-smith.com

EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTORMARKETED BY: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

COMPARE TO: EpiPen, EpiPen Jr

INDICATION: The FDA has approved Teva’s epinephrine auto-injector as the first generic equivalent to EpiPen, an emergency injectable treatment for allergic reactions, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. The auto-injector has been approved for adults and pediatric patients who weigh more than 33 lb. Severe allergic reactions can be triggered by foods, insect bites and stings, latex, medications, and more and affect about 1 in 50 Americans. Carrying epinephrine at all times is crucial for patients with severe allergies or those who have suffered from anaphylaxis before.

DOSAGE FORM: Injection

FOR MORE INFORMATION: tevapharm.com