Teva AirDuo Poised To Be A Discounted, But Not Interchangeable, Version Of Advair
FDA approved Teva’s AirDuo RespiClick, which contains the active ingredients in GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair, but in the RespiClick device, which means it will not be an interchangeable generic.
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Takeda’s Velcade, Pfizer’s Viagra and Gilead’s Viread are among the brand drugs expected to face generic competition in the US for the first time in 2017. One unknown is if FDA will approve Mylan’s or Hikma’s ANDAs for a generic version of GSK’s Advair.
Payers might be open to keeping the Advair brand on formulary even if a generic becomes available, because GSK has a portfolio of respiratory drugs to leverage in negotiations, CEO Andrew Witty said during the company’s third quarter conference call.
Teva is aggressively developing a fully substitutable generic version of Advair and other AB-rated respiratory products now that FDA has released draft guidance on bioequivalence requirements for the inhaled respiratory drug.