Is Generic Kadian Available Now?

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Has the generic Kadian been approved and is it now available?identifyvea



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Verwon Says:

Kadian is a time released Morphine tablet, also frequently prescribed as MS Contin, it is usually taken once or twice daily, depending on pain control.

That said, yes, the generic for this, a time released Morphine has been available for quite awhile.

Common side effects may include: nausea, drowsiness, dizziness and dry mouth.

Read more:

https:/­/­www.medschat.com/­wiki/­Kadian/­

Do you have any other questions?

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carl Says:

FALSE. There is no generic Kadian at this time. I've been waiting on it to come out for more than a year.

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Gina Says:

Does anyone know if a generic Kadian is available yet? The patent expired in April 2010. Please let me know if you have any positive info!

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Ty Says:

No. Hopefully never. We need our jobs

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Sere Says:

I applied for the patient assistant program 20 days ago for Kadian. I just got the reply. It states that the program is no longer available as Kadian is now available in generic form. It was released November 10th, 2011 so should be hitting the phramacies anyday. I called my pharmacy, Costco, and they do not have it yet and do not know the name if will come under. Hopefully sooooon!!

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Sere Says:

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. WPI +1.83% today announced that it has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for morphine sulfate extended-release capsules USP, the generic equivalent of Actavis' Kadian®. Watson began shipping the product today. Kadian® is indicated to manage moderate to severe pain that continues around-the-clock and is expected to last for an extended period of time. Today is November 25th, 2011 so here is the proof that Watson bought out Actavis and will soon have a cheaper Kadian. Whew...thank goodness!

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Mr Fred Says:

thank you BABY JESUS
I have been waiting for 7 years for a generic Kadian.
I had serious perm injury, Kadian is my savior with no adverse side effects. The problem was the cost of $700 month without Insurance and with insurance a $50 copay.
This last year I found out about patient assistance program. But In the past had suffered so much financial hardship doing without other needs to pay for my medicine.
This will help so many others that I know are in the same boat \with serious health problems and suffering to pay for much needed medicine/

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Mr Fred Says:

Well, no one can afford to buy Kadian , my script was almost $700 month, I had health insurance for a while and thought the $50 copay was bad enough. once I lost my health insurance just like millions of other folks. No way could I pay $700.month for 1 medicine. the patients that take Kadian have serious health issues and other medicines and Doctor bills. It is just not reasonable for the average person to pay that amount.
Would you like to pay a $700 for a a gallon of milk?

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CIndy lou Says:

I just checked the local Pharm, They have to order it special and the cost of the generic is almost as high as brand name only about 25% less and no discount with the Pharmacy discount cards (for folks that have no insurance). The pharmacist was shocked at the generic price said it should be added to discount card in near future. But still how can generic cost be so high???

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LMRuiz Says:

How can the cost be so high you ask.... GREED!

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Sere Says:

Yes, Watson has to make their 250 million before they will lower the prices!!! Sucks in my opinion, I went to Kadian to get a free script, which they advertized, and all the trouble of days of running down taxes, doctor ok's etc., they sent me back a form 2 weeks later saying that Kadian has gone generic so no more program! Geez, update the site! So I call the pharm at Walgreens, they are wanting $797 for 30 day supply of 200 mg. It was $1,200. Then it was still in their warehouse! So forget that!

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Pat L Says:

This situation is so unfair. Now, there is no Patient Assistance Program for any oral morphine product that I know of. I just dropped my very expensive health insurance only because I knew I could get on the PAP. I'm sure I'm not the only one who is in this position. Who can afford $800 a month for medication especially if youre not working. This is crazy. Even discounted, the generic Kadian is not affordable. Now what am I supposed to do - withdrawal I guess. This sucks!

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grene269 Says:

i was told today by my pharmist that generic became available last tuesday when he filled mine today i got the original but was charged generic price

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PAPnomore Says:

The problem is the capsule form. I talked with my pharmacist about this. Generic morphine sulfate extended release in capsule form is very expensive. Tablets (MS Contin) on the other hand are less expensive, $600 or so (generai capsule) versus $150 (general tablet). If anyone has more information, please share as I see my doctor next week and need all the information I can get.

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BJ Says:

Kadian has a generic alternative: it's morphine suis er caps. Most pharmacies don't have them yet, I just picked up a "script" of Kadian and the price jumped from $20 to $80! When I called my insurance company they said the increase was due to there being a generic Kadian. I called my pharmacy and they were going to order some for my next month supply. For you people without insurance the pharmacy said the generic price was not a big drop from the name brand.

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Jim Says:

I contacted Rite Aid today and they told me that a generic for Kadian is now available according to their system and will be ordering it for me. Yay! No more huge co pay. Just a slightly less huge co pay! :(

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jake Says:

There are two companies with a generic Kadian: Actavis (which makes the brand name) and Watson. My copay for the generic is the same as the brand name. One big difference: the $50 discount card made the brand cheaper. This is not a savings. Tablet form of sustained release morphine is not equivalent to Kadian. The mechanism for the sustained release is different so it can not be dispensed as a generic for Kadian. Losing my insurance. Now it's on to methadone.

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PAPnomore Says:

Jake: Tablet or capsule, they are both extended release morphine sulfate. I don't understand what you are saying about them being different. My doc told me that the tablet form starts releasing the medication more quickly than the capsule form. As I said before, I talked with my pharmacist about this. When I saw my doctor, he prescribed MS Contin (generic). With my discount card, it cost me $75 for a one month supply. Yes, this is a bit of a hardship compared to being on the PAP but a whole lot better than generic Kadian for $600.

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willy8 Says:

I just received my wife's prescription for Kadian 20 mg from the Mail order pharmacy. We were shocked to see morphine ER capsule 20 mg on the receipt. Didn't know there was a generic version out. Thanks for confirming the information.

She takes two tablets a day, and she had a prescription was for 180 capsules. We were charged $40 for the three month supply. Generics normally cost $20 on our insurance plan. So I guess there's still some special handling on.

Hopefully you will see relief soon at retial stores.

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flutterbygirl Says:

I had been on the Actavis (previously Alpharma) Patient Assistance Program for almost 7 years. November 15 I received a letter informing me that November 10 the FDA gave permission for Kadian to be available as a generic, and that the Actavis Patient Assistance Program would end as of December 31, 2011.

I was able to get one last month of Kadian before their programs was over. I had to get Medicare Part D insurance, which I will be penalized for not taking Part D when it was first offered. Next month when I go to my pain clinic we will discussing what alternatives there might be for me.

I did write to Actavis thanking them for having the PAP but thought that it was so very unfair to give only a 45 day notice that the PAP was stopping. I told them that they should have at least given a 3 month window, it didn't do me any good because I did not get a response, only my last script of Kadian.

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