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Apixaban, The Generic for Eliquis, is Available and Affordable

November 29, 2022

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When will generic apixaban be available?

Good news: In Canada and internationally, generic apixaban is available now. Americans can ship it directly to their front door through NorthWestPharmacy.com.

The generic for Eliquis is still on its way in the United States. (The latest reports indicate that the earliest availability for American apixaban generic is 2026.)

Various patent protections and government regulations in the US delayed the approval of generic apixaban until late 2019. Even though manufacturers immediately started working on generic apixaban, it takes several years to produce a new drug in America. So it’s going to be a little while before the apixaban generic is available in the United States.

Fortunately, patients taking Eliquis to reduce the risk of stroke don’t have to wait for lower prices or pay the shockingly high retail price in the United States anymore.

By ordering apixaban generic through an international or online Canadian pharmacy, you can save big on this blood clotting medication now instead of waiting until 2026.

Is There a Generic for Eliquis?

There is a generic for Eliquis – apixaban generic. It will provide similar benefits as its brand-name alternative.

Patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and other heart issues can take Eliquis or generic apixaban as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of blood clots forming in the first place.

Apixaban generic is available in some countries, but not yet in the United States.

However, it is available in Canada – and, fortunately for American patients, select online international Canadian pharmacies ship to patients in the United States.

We do, at NorthWestPharmacy.com – and we go above and beyond to make the shopping and shipping process as easy as possible for you.

Why Do People Want a Generic Eliquis?

People want a generic Eliquis because Eliquis is safe, doesn’t have many side effects, and the brand-name drug is incredibly expensive.

Eliquis (apixaban) helps prevent blood from clotting. Eliquis is approved to support people managing several different heart conditions.

For example, people with blood clots in their legs (deep vein thrombosis) or their lungs (pulmonary embolism) can take Eliquis or apixaban to treat current clots and prevent them from returning.

Why is Eliquis an In-Demand Medication?

Previous drugs that functioned similarly, such as warfarin, require complex administration. For example, patients treating blood clots with warfarin must perform frequent blood tests, avoid specific foods, and carefully consider the other medications and supplements they use.

Taking Eliquis is a much simpler experience, with fewer to-dos and restrictions attached.

In addition, Eliquis is a lot safer than its alternatives.

One study even showed that patients on Eliquis suffered fewer instances of intracranial hemorrhage, or brain bleeding, than patients on similar drugs.

Of course, those clear improvements don’t come without a cost.

How Much Does Eliquis Cost in America?

In America, Eliquis is still a relatively new drug. Because the generic is still on the way, its manufacturers can keep prices very high.

American patients pay about $315.00 for a thirty-day supply – or around $10.50 for a single pill.

This is already significantly more expensive than it was in early 2022. Inflation, as well as other conditions affecting pharmaceutical prices, is certainly taking a toll.

Alternatively, American patients can save significantly on either brand-name Eliquis or generic apixaban through NorthWestPharmacy.com.

We sell an eight-week supply of Eliquis for approximately $240.00, or about $4.30 per pill (up to 59% savings).

You can also buy a one-month supply of generic apixaban through NorthWestPharmacy.com for around $80.00, or about $2.60 per pill.

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When Will Generic Eliquis Be Available In America?

After generic apixaban was approved in the United States in December 2019, two manufacturers submitted plans to produce generics. Their plans were approved in July and September of 2020.

With those approvals, the manufacturers were set to produce affordable generic apixaban. Unfortunately, the pandemic and its associated supply chain issues made it difficult for many industries to progress on new projects.

In addition, the manufacturers associated with brand-name Eliquis are fighting hard to keep a generic from hitting the market.

Recently, they were able to extend their patents protecting Eliquis until late 2026 – which means that 2026 is the earliest Americans can expect apixaban in their local pharmacies.

How Much Will Generic Apixaban Cost in the United States?

Generics are usually much less expensive than their brand-name counterparts. Often, they’re approximately 80-85% cheaper.

Unfortunately, the American price is still hypothetical at this point.

Generic apixaban could take even longer to become available in the US than expected, if the brand-name patent holders decide to extend their patents again – or if market and supply chain conditions continue to make it difficult for the industry to fuel new projects.

Finally, when generic apixaban does hit American pharmacy shelves, it could be priced higher than other generics, anyway. Its manufacturers know very well that it’s going to be a popular option, with little competition.

American patients who want a reliable way to source lower-cost apixaban now should check out the low prices and stress-reducing processes at an international online Canadian pharmacy – at the very least, to benefit from lower prices until the American Eliquis generic hits local shelves.

Are You Seeing Generic Apixaban from an Uncertified Online Pharmacy? A Quick Warning

If you see generic apixaban from a site that is not certified by the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA), it’s worth taking a second look at where it came from.

Some unscrupulous online pharmacies are noticing that people want generic apixaban in the States and may even attempt to sell a generic version that’s fake.

Purchasing and using those products to treat heart conditions is dangerous.

Even if the counterfeit medication isn’t harmful, it probably won’t be reliably effective for reducing or preventing blood clots.

However, buying medicine online can be completely safe and validyou just need to know where to look.

When you’re purchasing medications from an online pharmacy, keep an eye out for the following red flags:

  • Statements indicating that the pharmacy sells drugs that are ‘miracle cures’
  • No accreditation through a reputable pharmacy organization such as CIPA
  • Fake accreditation through CIPA or a similar group (always check the organization’s list of approved pharmacies!)
  • Pharmacies that don’t require patients to provide a current, valid prescription
  • Sketchy, low-quality payment portals

If any of these circumstances are present at a pharmacy you’re considering, it’s best to steer clear of what they’re offering.

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The Road to Generic: Why Is It Taking This Long?

Generic apixaban is, as of 2022, available in other parts of the world – but not in the United States.

What’s the hold-up?

In short, the drug approval process in America (even for generics!) is a long and winding road. Even though generic apixaban has been approved in the United States, it still has several years to go before it’s easily available in American markets.

Getting a Drug Approved in America

When a pharmaceutical company wants to get a new drug approved in the United States, it’s got to go through an extensive and expensive process, usually lasting around 12 years.

It can be frustrating to wonder where the years go.

The company starts with a sample of their new drug. Next, they must take it through a series of preclinical and clinical trials, submit it for FDA review, and then keep up with post-market safety monitoring best practices.

The trials themselves can take a very long time.

Preclinical trials, or those involving animals, may only take a couple of years. Clinical trials, on the other hand, require finding hundreds of volunteers, figuring out how to design studies that are as safe for those volunteers as possible, and following up with those volunteers (often for years after the official study finishes) to try and make sure the drug doesn’t have any unexpected long-term side effects.

After several clinical trials (e.g., with volunteers with and without the target disease, in increasing numbers, with varying doses of the to-be-approved drug), the manufacturer will have an incredible amount of data to sift through.

Data analysts working with the manufacturer will go through that data, see if they can find any patterns, remove any unhelpful data (e.g., from volunteers who didn’t follow study rules), and package the data nicely for submission to the FDA.

This, too, can take a very long time – especially for more extensive studies that took several data points from thousands of volunteers over several years.

After this, the FDA reviews all of the data (a process that can take ten months) and either approves or disapproves the new drug. If approved, the manufacturer can move forward with production.

Drug production itself doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye. This depends heavily on the resources available to the manufacturer and can take another couple of years.

Producing Generic Drugs in America

It may be clear why producing a new drug takes so long.

But why is there a years-long approval and production timeline associated with generics? Shouldn’t generics manufacturers be able to reuse some of the same data, as they’re working with the same active ingredient?

They can. Manufacturers seeking to produce generic apixaban don’t have to repeat clinical trials.

Instead, they can skip to the Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA). As its name implies, it’s a shorter process than the normal application process.

It can still take years.

And generic drug companies still need to do some testing. After all, generics aren’t exactly the same as brand-name drugs, and it’s key to ensure that the slight differences don’t affect patient safety or the drug’s efficacy.

For example, one of the critical tests that generic manufacturers need to perform is drug efficacy. They must demonstrate that the same amount of their generic drug hits the patient’s bloodstream as the brand-name alternative. They also need to show that the drug starts working in a similar amount of time.

Of course, once generic drug companies achieve approval for their new product, the brand-name patent holder can still try to block them from producing the drug.

That’s where generic apixaban currently is in America – and there’s no guarantee that, even in 2026, the brand-name patent holders won’t file to extend their patent again.

Patients need a viable, reliable, and immediately-available source of low-cost apixaban right now.

At NorthWestPharmacy.com, that’s precisely what we offer.

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Will Generic Apixaban Be Better than Eliquis for Heart Patients?

Although American patients are excited about the low cost associated with generic apixaban, it’s key to remember that generics aren’t always the best choice.

They can be. It depends entirely on the patient and how they react to the ingredient list of the generic medication.

It’s possible to have an adverse reaction to a filler ingredient in a generic and a much better experience with the brand-name drug (or vice versa).

In addition, there are situations where patients do need the brand-name drug. For example, some physicians don’t feel comfortable prescribing a generic, especially if the generic is new, especially if the patient is at high risk or for certain narrow therapeutic index drugs.

Ultimately, it will be most beneficial for you to have access to low-cost versions of both brand-name and generic drugs. That way, with your doctor's approval, you can see which works best for you.

Buy Apixaban Generic from an Online Canadian Pharmacy Today

If you or a loved one needs the benefits of Eliquis, you shouldn’t have to pay more than you have to. You should be able to know that you can afford the medications you need to thrive. At NorthWestPharmacy.com, it’s our mission to provide lower-cost medications to you, including new medications.

We update our extensive list of medications frequently. Now, we even sell both brand-name Eliquis and generic apixaban.

When you’re ready to learn more about NorthWestPharmacy.com’s simple and seamless ordering processes, call us at 1-866-539-5330 or reach out to us online. We have a seven-day-a-week customer service desk and even have a pharmacist on staff M-F so we can answer any questions you may have! We look forward to supporting your health journey!

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