Roxane Laboratories, Inc. announced FDA approval of their generic version of Subutex in October, 2009.  My local pharmacist told me that his distributor just made it available for him to order yesterday.

The generic form is much cheaper than Subutex, and the pharmacist told me that he thinks all pharmacies will carry it soon.

The bad news is that there isn’t a generic for Suboxone available.  Many doctors won’t substitute one for the other because they believe that Suboxone is less subject to abuse.

Annual sales of Subutex are about $67.7 million.

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