It is now possible to buy Plavix (clopidogrel) in generic form. The generic version comes in one strength and is made by several manufacturers. All of the generic versions have been assigned an "AB" rating by the FDA. This means they are considered equivalent to the brand-name version; however, they are allowed to contain different inactive ingredients.
Can I Buy Generic Plavix?Plavix® (clopidogrel bisulfate) is a prescription antiplatelet medication used to prevent harmful blood clots from forming in people who have had a recent heart attack, stroke, or severe chest pain requiring hospitalization.
Brand-name Plavix is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb. However, the patent for Plavix expired in May 2012, and the drug is now available in generic form.
Generic Plavix (like the brand-name version) is available in just one strength -- Clopidogrel 75 mg tablets. It is made by several different manufacturers, including but not limited to:
- Aurobindo Pharma, Limited
- Greenstone LLC
- Apotex Corp.
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic clopidogrel versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Plavix.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.