Generic Medication

Hi all

Im Elton, 37 years old from Melbourne Australia
I went to get my usual entecavir today and was told my by local pharmacy that they are no longer continuing the Baraclude brand.
I have bought a generic brand (Apotex)as I didn’t have any other option. Have any of you had any issues with this? I’m still waiting to hear from my specialist. Looks like the same drug, just different brand but I wanted to make sure it has the same affect.

Thank you

Also found this link
https://www.ashm.org.au/news/removal-of-baraclude-entecavir-from-pbs-from-1-july-2021/

Hi @Elton,

Yeah, this will have the same medication and have the same effect as the Baraclude brand, except it’s way cheaper because it was made off-patent. The patent over Baraclude/Entecavir ran out a while ago in 2015. People were still buying it after that because they were used to it (even though there were generics around), but I suppose it has been long enough that most people have simply moved over to generics and now it won’t be covered by the PBS. I wouldn’t worry about it.

Cheers,
Thomas

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Hi Thomas

Thanks for your quick reply.
The pharmacy didn’t give me much information so it’s good to get some reassurance from someone who has more knowledge than me.

Cheers Elton

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Hi Elton,

I agree with Thomas. There should be no reason that generic Entecavir will not work as well as the brand name Baraclude. These generics are the same molecule, and their production is carefully regulated by the relevant drug agencies in countries with robust oversight bodies, and Australia definitely falls into that category. I think the biggest effect will be that you end up saving some money!

John Tavis, PhD
Director, Saint Louis University Institute for Drug and Biotherapeutic Innovation

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Hi John

Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I’m sure that you are busy and I appreciate your helpful response.