Everything to Know About Generic Drugs Coming to Market in 2020

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Everything to Know About Generic Drugs Coming to Market in 2020

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Jennifer Hadley
By Jennifer Hadley
Jan 08, 2020 - Updated Apr 21, 2021
Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
Medically Reviewed ByCarina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
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Every year, patents on some prescription drugs expire, allowing other manufacturers to produce generic versions of brand-name drugs. Each time a brand-name drug becomes generic, you have the opportunity to save, particularly if you use a prescription drug coupon from RxSaver. Here’s what to know about generic drugs available in 2020.

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How do drugs become generic?

Prescription drugs come on the market under the protection of patents on the drugs, with a brand name. The patents allow only one manufacturer to produce the drugs, resulting in a higher cost, because there’s only one supplier. Drug patents typically end 20 years after the date the patent application is submitted.

Once a patent expires, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can approve the production of the brand-name drugs under its generic name, allowing other manufacturers to start making them. The drugs have the same active ingredients and the same dosage, strength, and performance standards, as they must meet the same quality and safety standards as their brand-name counterparts.

Here is our most current list of common medications that have been released as generic drugs in 2020.

Generic Drugs Coming to Market in 2020

Brand Name Generic Name Form Use Anticipated Launch
ABSORICA isotretinoin Capsule Acne Now available
CIPRODEX ciprofloxacin/ dexamethasone Ear drops Ear infections Now available
DESONATE desonide Cream Eczema, Dermatitis Now available
DORYX MPC doxycycline hyclate Tablets Antibiotic Now available
EPIDUO FORTE adapalene/benzoyl peroxide Gel Acne Now available
FLOVENT HFA fluticasone propionate Inhaler Asthma Now available
ELIGARD leuprolide Injection Endometriosis Now available
MIGRANAL dihydroergotamine mesylate Nasal spray Migraine Management Now available
MOXEZA moxifloxacin Eye drops Eye infections Now available
MYCAMINE micafungin IV Antifungal Now available
MYDAYIS amphetamine/ dextroamphetamine mixture Capsule ADHD Now available
NOXAFIL posaconazole Tablets, Liquid Antifungal Now available
PROAIR HFA albuterol sulfate Inhaler Asthma Now available
SILENOR doxepin Tablets Insomnia Now available
TAYTULLA ethinyl estradiol/ norethindrone/ ferrous fumarate Tablets Birth control Now available
TRUVADA PrEP emtricitabine/tenofovir Tablet HIV pre-exposure prevention Now available

RxSaver Pricing for Available 2020 Generic Medications

RxSaver’s free prescription drug coupon platform offers savings on more than 6,000 medications. RxSaver can be used without insurance or in place of insurance if your copay is more than the coupon price. Here is RxSaver pricing for generic medicines now available.

Isotretinoin (generic Absorica)

Isotretinoin, the generic for Absorica is now available. It is prescribed to treat severe cystic acne. It belongs to a class of drugs known as retinoids.

Ciprofloxacin/Dexamethasone (generic Ciprodex)

Ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone, the generic for Ciprodex is now available. It is used to treat ear infections and stops swelling and itching caused by the infection.

Desonide (generic Desonate)

Desonide, the generic for Desonate is now available. It is used to treat skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, rash, and dermatitis.

Doxycycline Hyclate (generic Doryx)

Doxycycline hyclate, the generic for Doryx MPC is now available. It is used to treat bacterial infections, including those that cause acne. It is known as a tetracycline antibiotic.

Adapalene/Benzoyl Peroxide (generic Epiduo Forte)

Adapalene/benzoyl peroxide, the generic for Epiduo Forte is now available. It is a retinoid medication used to treat acne.

Leuprolide Acetate (generic Eligard)

Leuprolide acetate, the generic for Eligard is now available. It is used to treat prostate cancer in men, and endometriosis in women.

Dihydroergotamine Mesylate (generic Migranal)

Dihydroergotamine mesylate, the generic for Migranal, is now available. It is a nasal spray used to treat migraines.

Moxifloxacin (generic Moxeza)

Moxifloxacin, the generic for Moxeza is now available. It is an antibiotic eye drop used to treat bacterial eye infections.

Micafungin (generic Mycamine)

Micafungin, the generic for Mycamine is now available. It works to treat and prevent fungal infections. Micafungin belongs to a class of drugs called echinocandins.

Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine (generic Mydayis)

Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine, the generic for Mydayis, is now available. It is used to treat ADHD and works by changing the amount of certain substances in the brain.

Posaconazole (generic Noxafil)

Posaconazole, the generic for Noxafil is now available. It is an azole antifungal. It is prescribed to treat and prevent fungal infections by stopping the growth of fungi.

Albuterol Sulfate HFA (generic Proair HFA)

Albuterol sulfate HFA, the generic for Proair HFA, is now available. It is a bronchodilator, which is used to prevent and treat breathing problems caused by asthma or COPD.

Doxepin HCl (generic Silenor)

Doxepin HCl, the generic for Silenor, is now available. Doxepin HCl is a tricyclic antidepressant that treats depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Ethinyl Estradiol/Norethindrone/Ferrous Fumarate (generic Taytulla)

Ethinyl estradiol/norethindrone/ferrous fumarate, the generic for Taytulla, is now available. It is an oral birth control used to prevent pregnancy.

Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate/Emtricitabine (generic Truvada)

The generic for Truvada is now available. It is used to prevent HIV infection, or in conjunction with other medications to control HIV infection.

Why are generics cheaper than brand medications?

Generics are cheaper than brand name medications for a couple of reasons. When more companies are allowed to manufacture the same type of drug, the price drops as there is wider availability. In addition, because the makers of the generic drug don’t have to spend as much money on research and development, the generic is cheaper.

How do I save on generic medications?

If your health care provider prescribes medication, be sure to ask if a generic is available. Generics may be 80% less than their brand name counterpart. Then, be sure to check RxSaver for savings of up to 85% on more than 6,000 prescription medications.

Estradiol: 10 mg / 30 tablets

Ciprofloxacin/dexamethasone: 0.3 %-0.1% / 1 drop btl

Desonide: 0.05 % / 1 tube

Doxycycline hyclate: 100 mg / 30 capsules

Adapalene/benzoyl peroxide: 0.1 %-2.5% / 1 bottle

Leuprolide acetate: 1 mg/0.2ml / 1 kit

Dihydroergotamine mesylate: 1 mg/ml / 6 ampuls

Moxifloxacin: 0.5 % / 1 drop btl

Micafungin: 50 mg / 1 vial

Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine: 20 mg / 30 tablets

Posaconazole: 100 mg / 30 tablet drs

Albuterol sulfate HFA: 90 mcg / 1 canister

Doxepin HCl: 10 mg/ml / 120 ml

Ethinyl estradiol/norethindrone/ferrous fumarate: 0.4-35(21) / 84 tab chews

*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 4/21/2021. Prices vary by location and pharmacy, see RxSaver.com for actual pricing in your area.

Jennifer Hadley

Jennifer Hadley

Jen Hadley is a freelance writer and journalist based in Los Angeles, who writes extensively about the medical, legal, health care, and consumer products industries. Jen is a regular contributor to RxSaver.

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS., is a pharmacist who earned her PharmD from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She maintains an active practice, serving as a Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist at a large metropolitan teaching hospital in New York City. Carina has also published in pharmacy journals and works as a consultant reviewing medical articles for publication.

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