Is There a Generic for Plavix?
If your healthcare provider has prescribed the antiplatelet drug Plavix® (clopidogrel bisulfate), you may be wondering if there is a generic version. At this time, Plavix is available only as a brand-name drug. However, this could change once the patent for it expires. Clopidogrel is the active ingredient in Plavix and is sometimes referred to as the "generic name." For this reason, some people think that clopidogrel is the same as a generic version, but this is not the case.
(For more information, click Generic Plavix. This article tells you when the patent expires and lists some of the factors that may delay the introduction of a generic version of Plavix.)