Daughters of Premarin — The Generics

Tuesday's Horse

BY JANE ALLIN

Further to the reference of generics in the “Alternatives To” report, I think a separate word on the availability of generic Premarin® and its daughter drugs is warranted to clear up any confusion for those seeking to avoid products manufactured from the urine of pregnant mares.

Premarin has a long and interesting history when it comes to FDA approval of generics, a history mired in the ruthless and bloodthirsty battle of Big Pharma patent wars.

Many years ago, in 1986, the effectiveness of Premarin’s®, and other short-term acting estrogens, ability to diminish bone loss associated with osteoporosis was granted approved by the FDA. What was once a drug that was prescribed for the relief of menopausal symptoms now became the panacea for a long-term chronic problem. [1] And with this came a huge untapped market.

At this time there were certified generics that were interchangeable…

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