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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ahoy, Unecessary Product Ahead...

Avast me hearties for a new product set sail on the seas of "I need a pill to help me." This scurvy dog is the "big new thing" in migraine relief....have you guessed yet? It's Treximet!

This magical wonderful modern chemical from GSK (this next paragraph is directly from the official Treximet site:

TREXIMET…
…superior to the ingredient in IMITREX Tablets at relieving migraine pain. TREXIMET is the only migraine treatment to combine these 2 medicines — IMITREX (sumatriptan) and prescription-strength naproxen sodium (an NSAID) — in one tablet. So it works 2 ways: it targets the nerves and blood vessels believed to trigger a migraine and relieves inflammation that can cause migraine pain.

If it was that far superior why wasn't it manufactured in the first place? This is just another prior authorization nightmare in motion when it would be far cheaper to get generic Imitrex and generic Naprosyn on almost all insurances. I see post-patent money grubbing douche-baggery as with such fine unecessary products as Paxil CR, Ambien CR, Coreg CR, Nexium, Pataday, Xyzal, Zegerid, Sarafem, Betapace AF, Cialis 2.5mg and 5mg daily packs, Clarinex, etc (definitely not an all-inclusive list, just the most irritating that come to mind). Why does the FDA let this sh*t happen? This combo was as necesary to modern medicine as the smoke monster was to the plot of "Lost." Thanks J.J. and thanks GSK!

10 comments:

Nadia said...

Looks like GSK is trying to recoup come cash after the Alli bull. No "ally" of mine in weight loss would make me inadvertently shit my pants.

kath8562 said...

Hate to tell you: Prevacid isomer.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda/index.cfm?fuseaction=Search.DrugDetails

Why??????????

Cody said...

Oh come on, Treximet is old news.

It's all about the Astepro now! And don't forget the Zolpimist (nasal Ambien) and Moxitag (once-daily Amoxicillin)!

Big 'N Tasty RPH said...

I only used Treximet because I was pulling overstock merch for an authorized return and that was one of the items because we have dispensed it a total of 2 times since it came out on the market. I wonder if the "Trexi-rep" still has a job?

Big 'N Tasty RPH said...

I was also going to write this blog to the theme of "Spongebob Squarepants" but I just couldn't make it work and say everything I wanted to. "What time is it kids?"

Anonymous said...

My absolute favorite is Amrix. Extended release cyclobenzaprine.

Anonymous said...

And don't leave out and new Auralgan otic and the new Soma 250mg. What a fuckin ripoff.

CPhT said...

oh yea kath had it right
just add it to the list of PPI's that are no better than OTC Prilosec, oh wait that is right us guys in the pharmacy have nothing better to do with our time than to hassle mds to get prior auths for a med that really isnt any better than the others. Oh and btw how about the ultram er that the md's here are still writing tid for!!!

janie said...

...and the patients are so stupid they will pay for them. i told a lady that her Sarafem has a $50 copay, but fluoxetine would be much cheaper if her dr wrote a script for Prozac/ fluoxetine. of course she said she didn't need Prozac... "the Sarafem is for PMDD" haha... maybe she just liked the pretty box it came in.

VXO said...

Hah, so they combined an Imitrex and an Aleve. Great. I've only been doing this forever.

But of course, gotta keep the generics from coming out...