GSK to Offer Generic Version of Ventolin HFA Albuterol Inhaler

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[PRESS RELEASE]

GSK announces availability of Authorized Generic Albuterol Sulfate Inhaler for treatment or prevention of bronchospasm

Effective, January 15, 2019, GSK announced the availability of an authorized generic (AG) of Ventolin HFA (albuterol sulfate) inhalation aerosol. The AG will be manufactured by GSK and distributed by Prasco LLC.

The authorized generic contains the same medicine, with the same instructions for use as Ventolin HFA, however it will have a list price or Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC) less than $36. This represents at least a 35% reduction to the current WAC price of branded Ventolin and potentially a lower cost alternative to the patient, depending on a patient’s insurance coverage.

The AG may especially benefit cash paying patients and those covered by high-deductible health plans, who are often responsible for the full retail price of their prescription medicines. It is estimated that about 26% of Commercial and Medicare Part D patients pay $35 or more for their Ventolin HFA prescription1.

In addition to continuing to make the brand available, GSK will work with insurers and pharmacy benefit managers to maintain Ventolin HFA’s strong access and affordability. For those patients without insurance and who qualify, direct patient support to obtain Ventolin HFA is available through our Patient Assistance Program.

About Ventolin HFA
Ventolin HFA is a short-acting beta agonist, commonly referred to as a rescue or reliever medicine and is indicated for treatment or prevention of bronchospasm in patients 4 years and older with reversible obstructive airway disease bronchospasm (please refer to the full prescribing information for additional detail). Short-acting beta agonists are a commonly prescribed medicine with over 70 million units of albuterol sulfate dispensed each year in the United States. Through rapid airway expansion, albuterol sulfate can provide quick relief and enable easier breathing for individuals in respiratory distress.

Please contact the GSK Response Center at 888-825-5249 or contact us online with any questions regarding Ventolin.

References
1 IQVIA APLD Database July 2018 – September 2018, Normalized

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SteelyGrey posted:

Trust me, GSK is not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts as they don't have hearts. Just another greedy pharmaceutical company bilking the american public. They are probably losing market share to TEVA Pharmaceutical who is based out of Jerusalem, Israel.  TEVA got FDA approval for a bunch of generic drugs back in early 2018.and makes a both a commercial and generic version of an albuterol inhaler that is available now in the USA.   I lost my job and insurance back in Dec 2017 and signed up for the GSK assistance program only to be told that I had made too much money in 2017 and did not qualify.  Wait, that was the previous year and all that money I earned was spent on mortgage and car payments and utilities. Its not like I was Scrooge and had a big bag of gold buried in my back yard. I will do my best to NEVER do business with GSK ever again. Anyway, here is the details on TEVA.

PROAIR RESPICLICK is a dry powder inhaler that meters 117 mcg
of albuterol sulfate (equivalent to 97 mcg of albuterol base) from the device reservoir
and delivers 108 mcg of albuterol sulfate (equivalent to 90 mcg of albuterol base) from the mouthpiece per actuation. The inhaler is supplied for 200 inhalation doses. I currently have one of these from WalMart pharmacy and it works great as a rescue inhaler. Without insurance it was still cheaper than Ventolin.  See the URL below.

http://www.proair.com/Respiclick/Default.aspx

 

Generic of ProAir® HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol is a direct replacement for the Ventolin inhaler. Its a generic version which dispenses a mist just like Ventolin with a 200 dose counter assembly. No idea of the cost but its got to be cheaper than Ventolin.See the URL below.

https://www.tevagenerics.com/p...a-inhalation-aerosol

 

TEVA also makes a commercial and generic version of a Fluticasone Propionate and Salmeterol inhaler which competes with Advair Diskus. There are three dosages which do not directly match to the versions of Advair, but check with your doctor to see if any version will work as a replacement for Advair.

Generic of AirDuo RespiClick from Teva Generics comes in three dosages. Like Advair it dispenses a powder and does not require any special storage or handling. Each one has 60 actuations just like the Advair Diskus

GENERIC AIRDUO RESPICLICK inhalation powder in three dosages
55 mcg/14 mcg
113 mcg/14 mcg
232 mcg/14 mcg

https://www.tevagenerics.com/p...e-dry-powder-inhaler

I hope this helps someone to save some money.  When I was unemployed and would have an asthma attack. You feel like you are drowning and you go through the same panic. At the time Ventolin without insurance was $80-100 while the actual cost of albuterol which has been on the market for over 30 years costs a few dollars. People can die from Asthma attacks without a rescue inhaler but GSK still wanted their 3000% profit margin.

Good Luck

 

 

I just did a quick lookup using goodrx.com for the Generic of ProAir® HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol and it costs about $26 with their coupon at Walmart, Publix and CVS. Last time I bought a Ventolin without insurance it was $70 so the TEVA version is about 1/3 the price of Ventolin

Same lookup for the highest dose of the Generic of AirDuo RespiClick and it comes up between $52-$60 using the goodrx coupon as well. Last Advair Diskus I bought without insurance was $236 with a coupon from the GSK website. Without the coupon they wanted $346 for one inhaler.

Trust me, GSK is not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts as they don't have hearts. Just another greedy pharmaceutical company bilking the american public. They are probably losing market share to TEVA Pharmaceutical who is based out of Jerusalem, Israel.  TEVA got FDA approval for a bunch of generic drugs back in early 2018.and makes a both a commercial and generic version of an albuterol inhaler that is available now in the USA.   I lost my job and insurance back in Dec 2017 and signed up for the GSK assistance program only to be told that I had made too much money in 2017 and did not qualify.  Wait, that was the previous year and all that money I earned was spent on mortgage and car payments and utilities. Its not like I was Scrooge and had a big bag of gold buried in my back yard. I will do my best to NEVER do business with GSK ever again. Anyway, here is the details on TEVA.

PROAIR RESPICLICK is a dry powder inhaler that meters 117 mcg
of albuterol sulfate (equivalent to 97 mcg of albuterol base) from the device reservoir
and delivers 108 mcg of albuterol sulfate (equivalent to 90 mcg of albuterol base) from the mouthpiece per actuation. The inhaler is supplied for 200 inhalation doses. I currently have one of these from WalMart pharmacy and it works great as a rescue inhaler. Without insurance it was still cheaper than Ventolin.  See the URL below.

http://www.proair.com/Respiclick/Default.aspx

 

Generic of ProAir® HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol is a direct replacement for the Ventolin inhaler. Its a generic version which dispenses a mist just like Ventolin with a 200 dose counter assembly. No idea of the cost but its got to be cheaper than Ventolin.See the URL below.

https://www.tevagenerics.com/p...a-inhalation-aerosol

 

TEVA also makes a commercial and generic version of a Fluticasone Propionate and Salmeterol inhaler which competes with Advair Diskus. There are three dosages which do not directly match to the versions of Advair, but check with your doctor to see if any version will work as a replacement for Advair.

Generic of AirDuo RespiClick from Teva Generics comes in three dosages. Like Advair it dispenses a powder and does not require any special storage or handling. Each one has 60 actuations just like the Advair Diskus

GENERIC AIRDUO RESPICLICK inhalation powder in three dosages
55 mcg/14 mcg
113 mcg/14 mcg
232 mcg/14 mcg

https://www.tevagenerics.com/p...e-dry-powder-inhaler

I hope this helps someone to save some money.  When I was unemployed and would have an asthma attack. You feel like you are drowning and you go through the same panic. At the time Ventolin without insurance was $80-100 while the actual cost of albuterol which has been on the market for over 30 years costs a few dollars. People can die from Asthma attacks without a rescue inhaler but GSK still wanted their 3000% profit margin.

Good Luck

 

 

Georgianna, the full prescribing information leaflet that GSK linked to in the press release above says this:

DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

Inhalation Aerosol. Blue plastic inhaler with a blue strap cap containing a pressurized metered dose aerosol canister containing 60 or 200 metered inhalations and fitted with a counter. 

However, I will note that this looks like they have linked to the brand name Ventolin HFA prescribing leaflet.

Since they say that the medication is the same and has the same instructions for use as the Ventolin HFA, I'm assuming that it will be the same with a counter.

will it have a counter? there is an  issue with having hundreds of students with asthma in our school system and no counter in the back of the rescue inhaler.....do we guess if there is enough medication left?  the inhalers go back and forth with the students in the high school so you don't know how many times they are being used, they can be out of medication or close to running out and we won't know until there is a problem.....with the younger ones, the parent usually brings in the inhaler and it stays in school but can be used with the student by before and after school staff, teachers on field trips...

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