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When Will Generic Avandamet Be Available?

The first patent for Avandamet expired in March 2012. However, no generic versions are available yet. This suggests that at least one later-expiring patent is still protecting the drug from generic competition. The next patent for Avandamet is set to expire in October 2015. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version of Avandamet could become available.
However, there are other circumstances that could arise to extend the exclusivity period of Avandamet beyond 2015. This could include such things as other patents for specific Avandamet uses or lawsuits. Once Avandamet goes off patent, there may be several companies that will begin manufacturing a generic Avandamet drug.

What If My Insurance Won't Cover Avandamet?

Some insurance companies that do not cover Avandamet will cover the two medications in Avandamet separately. In other words, even if Avandamet is not covered, you may have coverage for Avandia® (rosiglitazone) and metformin (Fortamet, Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, or Riomet). You would need two separate prescriptions from your healthcare provider, and you would likely need to pay two copays. For some people, this option may be more cost effective, although it would result in needing to take more tablets per day.
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