Monday, August 10, 2009

Generic drugs for BPH from Walmart

I was having a discussion with someone about generic drugs used to treat BPH or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Since you can get $4 drugs Walmart, I decided to write a blog post evaluating generic drugs that are currently available at Walmart. I don't know how much the Walmart generic drug formulary varies from state to state, so this may not be entirely accurate. Plus, I imagine that these formularies are constantly changing.

Alpha-1-adrenergic antagonists

Here are the generic drugs on the Walmart $4 list:
  • terazosin (on the $4 Walmart generic drug list) - generic form of Hytrin (made by Abbott)
  • doxazosin (also on the $4 Walmart generic drug list) - generic form of Carduara (made by Pfizer)
Not currently available as generic drugs:
  • tamsulosin or Flomax (marketed by Boehringer Ingelheim and Astellas)
  • alfuzosin or Uroxatral (made by sanofi-aventis)
  • silodosin or Rapaflo (made by Watson)
5-Alpha-reductase inhibitors

Here is a generic drug, but it is not on the $4 Walmart list:
  • finasteride (not on the $4 Walmart list) - generic form of Proscar (made by Merck)
Not available as generic drugs:
  • dutasteride or Avodart (made by GSK)
So, you can't get a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors for $4 at Walmart, but you can find the alpha-1-adrenergic antagonists (and they are listed under "Heart Health & Blood Pressure").

1 comment:

  1. Nice post. I wonder how long it will be till a generic version of Flowmax will be available.