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Kids and Allergies: Generic Zyrtec — at last
Coming to a discount retailer near you -- or, at least, me: Generic Zyrtec for children!
I saw the syrup with my own eyes at Target today. Unfortunately, Big Guy views "swallow pills" as a mark of maturity and disdains syrup as baby stuff. But where there's syrup, tablets couldn't be too far behind.
We've loved Zyrtec from afar for the past year. I had to give it up last summer and switch Big Guy back to Claritin after our insurer dropped Zyrtec from its formulary. I hated to do it -- Zyrtec worked far better for him -- but at $50 a month, I simply couldn't afford it.
I considered going back to Zyrtec when it went over the counter at the beginning of the year, but it still was pricey.
Now, though, there's hope. The generic liquid was $6.49 a bottle, $3 less than the brand name. I'm hoping the pills will follow the same pattern.
Even nicer: The competition has, of course, forced down the price on the brand name as well. I bought a 12-pack of Zyrtec tablets for $9.49 today. That's 79 cents a dose or $23.73 for the average month -- a heck of a lot more affordable than the $50 of a year ago. It's also cheaper than the going rate for Claritin chewables -- $10.49 for 10 -- though more expensive than Claritin generics -- $6.99 for 10 locally.
What astounds me, though, is that it's taken so long. Zyrtec's patent expired in December and the generic for was approved more than a year ago, according to emax.com
I suppose in medical time, a year to market could be downright speedy. It doesn't seem like it, though, when you're waiting for medicine for your kid.
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