April 9, 2010

Cozaar is First ARB to go Generic!!

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, Heart disease tips tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:44 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

There is some new and wonderful news for heart patients on ARBs (Angiotensin Receptor Blockers).  The medication Cozaar is now available as a cheap generic!  This is a big deal because previously it cost a lot of money to buy ARBs.  These medicines work through the kidneys to lower blood pressure but are also shown in studies to help treat heart disease and sometimes heart failure.  Other medicines in the same class include: Avapro, Diovan, Atacand, Benicar, and Micardis.  If you are taking any of these medicines and would like to pay a cheaper price, then talk to your doctor about switching over to the new generic for Cozaar (aka losartan).  I have already called my local pharmacy and they received a shipment of generic losartan/HCTZ (Hyzaar) yesterday.  By next week they should be selling it for a significantly lower price than the brand name.  According to the Prescriber’s Letter, “The generics will cost about 70% less than Cozaar’s current price once MULTIPLE generics are out…either in April or later this year.”  Call your local pharmacy to find out when they will have the generic available in your area.

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