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Copaxone Vs Glatirmer Acetate

Copaxone Vs Glatirmer Acetate

my insurance told me I have to switch to Generic Copaxone (glatiramer acetate). I need to know if it is as good as Copaxone and who makes it.

posted January 17, 2019
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Brenda, I was forced to change to Mylan's generic Copaxone last June. So far, no problems at all. Appears to be working same as original, but neurologist says it'll take a year to properly evaluate it's effectiveness. It's a money thing...currently no co-pay vs $1100 per shipment. The latter would go to my yearly $3500 deductible. Still to steep for me. I've been on Copaxone for almost 20 years too. Good luck!

posted January 17, 2019
A MyMSTeam Member

Nice, I have UnitedHealthCare which covers next to nothing.

posted January 29, 2019
A MyMSTeam Member

Can't your ins. company do an "Exception" and allow your current med. to be covered? I have Blue Cross and my neuro does an Exception so it's covered, even tho it is no longer on their list of accepted drugs.

posted January 18, 2019
A MyMSTeam Member

I don't know if it's as good but myself i dislike the Generics they don't have to market the drug don't have to do the test. Pay to approve and do all the studies and yet they charge almost as much for the drug. And it can't be exactly the same. Long story short i take the 40mg copaxone

posted January 17, 2019
A MyMSTeam Member

My company ended up moving back to Anthem (at least through next June) so that was better. The other thing I learned is that Kentucky does not allow a company to opt you out of the name brand if your doctor does not agree so I am still on Copaxone after 2 months on Glatiramer Acetate. Never had to go to Glatopa so I cannot speak to it. I didn't find too terribly much difference in the drugs but much difference in the support from the drug company.

posted November 18, 2019

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