Despite that antidepressant Lexapro has got dozens of generics, you can hardly buy them on the domestic pharmaceutical market in the USA. Just one pharmaceutical company Forest Laboratories carries out the sale of Lexapro within the U.S. It follows that, Forest Laboratories is the only monopolist, selling Lexapro tablets on the regional pharmaceutical market in the USA.
Given the fact that Forest Laboratories did not have to compete with pharmaceutical companies-manufacturers that were producing generics Lexapro, the prices of the antidepressant Lexapro stay quite high in the USA.
If compare the prices of antidepressant Lexapro (Forest Laboratories) and generics Lexapro, then we’ll see that purchase of generic Lexapro is no doubt more affordable for potential buyers.
Low price of generics Lexapro is caused first of all, by the lack of financial investments in development of the molecular formula of the active substance Escitalopram Oxalate.
Besides that, Forest Laboratories had to invest quite large sums to introduce the antidepressant Lexapro on the global market of the pharmaceutical products.
Another significant fact is that the promotion of brand Lexapro on the global pharmaceutical market of antidepressants, also took some extra marketing investments from Forest Laboratories.
In such a way, the prime cost of generics Lexapro is lower than the prime cost of brand Lexapro by several times. Still, we shall note that the term of patent protection on the production of the active substance Escitalopram Oxalate and generics Lexapro within the USA – will expire in 2012.
Hence, in 2012 Forest Laboratories will lose its exclusive rights to sell the Escitalopram Oxalate pills within the United States, though it stays the only owner of the brand name Lexapro.
Up to date, the FDA has already given primary approval for sale of generics Lexapro in the USA to 17 companies. This in turn, will definitely lead to reduced retail price for Lexapro antidepressant.