Good News If You Have Multiple Sclerosis: Generic Medication
For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), medications are often costly. The good news is that as patents expire, it opens the possibility for generic versions to become available. Generic medications are cheaper for consumers, and that’s a big help. But they also must be equally safe and effective.
In the case of the first generic version of Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate injection), a widely-used name brand medication for MS, researchers wanted to find out. A new study showed promising results for the generic version, says Jeff Cohen, MD, a neurologist and principal investigator in this study.
“The study showed that the generic version of Copaxone, the drug glatiramer acetate, was equivalent,” he says.
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug to treat patients with relapsing forms of MS.