Hi all -
There's been talk on several of the HU boards regarding the shortage of Plaquenil and hydroxychloroquine. Since I've only been able to tolerate the name brand (generics cause me stomach/GI issues), I was concerned to hear this so I spoke with my pharmacist and also did some research. (The two generics I have tried are by Ranbaxy and Prasco Labs - I cannot tolerate either).
It's important to note that I am in the United States.
Here's some history:
On April 4, 2013, Covis Pharma (a Swiss-based company) acquired full commercial rights for Plaquenil (and 4 other products) in the United States from Sanofi. Sanofi retained the existing rights for Plaquenil in countries outside the United States. Covis is the manufacturer of the name brand Plaquenil tablets I have been taking for about a year with no issues.
In April 2015, Concordia acquired Plaquenil from Covis (this is the manufacturer of the Plaquenil tablets I have been taking and have no issues with). The ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) reported a shortage of certain generics manufactured by Ranbaxy and Sandoz. No shortage in the U.S. for the name brand or other generics.
I went onto the Concordia website and they list Hydroxychloroquine Zentiva as the generic for their name brand. I took this information to my pharmacist to day with the hope they could order THIS SPECIFIC generic for me to try. If I can tolerate it, my medication costs would be significantly lower. The pharmacist didn't see it listed for her to order, but she was going to look into it and get back to me.
QUESTION: are there any folks, in the U.S. or otherwise, who have tried the Zentiva generic? Does it work for you (when other generics did not)? Anyone in the U.S. been able to get the Zentiva generic?
p.s. I've crossposted this information across several boards so everyone gets the information.