I’ve seen where you said generic propecia will not be available till 2011. I’ve recently been laid off, as I know many are struggling now during the roller-coaster economy.
You did say that the 5mg Fin tablets are available in generic though.. Problem is, I can’t convince my Derm to give me the prescription for that. I hinted and he lectured me about dosage, etc..
So, my question: Any tips on how to convince a Doc that we are perfectly capable of splitting a tablet into 1/5’s? Or any other user suggestions on how to get the cheaper medicine.. I don’t really want to lose my hair and job at the same time!
Just to make sure all readers are on the same page, Proscar (5mg finasteride) is available in generic, but Propecia (1mg finasteride) is not at this point. Actually, many Indian drug manufacturers do have a generic 1mg finasteride, but it is not legally sold in the United States due to patent laws. The cost savings are quite significant, particularly in these harsh economic times.
I’d see another dermatologist. You can go back to your original dermatologist and harp on him about it, but it might not make a difference if his mind if set. So if you see another dermatologist, make sure he/she understands that you are fully aware of how to split a pill. You can even bring your own pill cutter with you — you can get one at your local pharmacy for a few bucks (sometimes they’re free promotional items, too).