Is There a Cheaper Alternative to Advair?

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Yes, there is a cheaper alternative to Advair Diskus (fluticasone/salmeterol), a dry powder inhaler. People can choose from either a generic form of Advair Diskus or the brand-name Advair from trustworthy online pharmacies or pharmacy referral services.

However, there is no generic alternative to Advair HFA (fluticasone/salmeterol), an aerosol inhaler, available in the U.S at the time of writing.

Read on to learn more about purchasing both brand-name and generic Advair for less.

1. Buying Advair Online for Less

With the help of the internet, people are no longer limited to their local pharmacies. Now, shoppers can purchase safe prescription medications from online pharmacies and pharmacy referral services, all without ever leaving home.

Best of all, these types of pharmacies and referral services often sell the same medications as traditional pharmacies for a much lower price.

How do online pharmacies and pharmacy referral services work? It's simple: the patient provides a valid prescription, the pharmacy fills the prescription and the prescription is shipped directly to the patient. 

Online pharmacies and pharmacy referral services can be particularly beneficial for people who live in countries with high drug prices.

For instance, people who reside in the U.S. pay significantly more for prescription medications than do those who reside in many other countries. Drugwatch reports that Canadians pay 65 percent less than Americans for pharmaceuticals, and people in any other non-U.S. country pay 56 percent less.

PBS reports that as a result, more Americans neglect to fill a prescription or skip doses due to price than do citizens of other developed countries like Canada, the U.K. and Australia. 

Advair is no exception: In data gathered by Statista, it's shown that while three Advair Diskus inhalers costs $1,277 in the U.S., three of those same inhalers cost just $377.62 in Canada. In India, the cost drops to just $84.99.

By purchasing Advair from online pharmacies and pharmacy referral services, U.S.-based shoppers can enjoy the same low drug prices as residents of other countries.

For example, 60 doses of Advair Diskus 250mcg/50mcg purchased from My Drug Center costs $69, or $1.15 per dose.

By comparison, 60 doses of Advair Diskus 250mcg/50mcg purchased in the U.S. costs $420.77, or $7.01 per dose.

If you opt to purchase Advair from an online pharmacy or pharmacy referral service, just remember that disreputable ones do exist.

For patients, the effects of such counterfeit drugs can be serious. According to an analysis published in the medical journal American Health & Drug Benefits, counterfeit medications can harm consumers' health.

For instance, they may:

      Lack an active ingredient, and thus fail to help the patient get better.

      Contain harmful ingredients and contaminants like bacteria, antifreeze and cement.

      Contain an incorrect dose of the active ingredient, which can cause further health issues or lead to antibiotic resistance.

To make sure that the Advair you're purchasing over the internet is genuine and safe, only buy from online pharmacies and pharmacy referral services that:

      Require a valid prescription written by a licensed healthcare provider.

      Don't sell more than a three-month supply of any given medication.

In the case of pharmacy referral services, only use those that:

      Only procure medications from approved suppliers.

      Only work with licensed third-party pharmacies. 

To learn more about how you can do your due diligence when purchasing prescriptions online, read our article on the topic: 3 Things to Consider Before Using an Online Pharmacy.


2. Buying a Generic Alternative to Advair 

A generic alternative for Advair Diskus is available from one manufacturer at the time of writing. That manufacturer is Mylan, a pharmaceutical company that's headquartered in Pennsylvania.

Since it's been tested and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), generic Advair Diskus is both effective and safe. 

This applies to all generic drugs. The FDA states that generic drugs and brand-name drugs have the same:

      Active ingredients.






Best of all, generic drugs cost approximately 85 percent less than their brand-name counterparts, according to the FDA.

Data from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) also revealed that the more manufacturers there are of a generic drug, the less that drug costs:

So, as more manufacturers release generic versions of Advair in the coming years, the less consumers will have to pay for it.

The first generic version of Advair Diskus was approved by the FDA on January 30, 2019. It was released just one month later in February 2019.

Unfortunately, there is no generic version of Advair HFA available in the U.S. at the time of writing. However, that doesn't hold true internationally. In countries like the U.K. and Germany, generic versions of Advair HFA do exist, meaning that U.S. citizens must shop internationally to gain access.

To save even more money on generic Advair, consumers can purchase it from reputable online pharmacies and pharmacy referral services.

For example, 360 doses of generic Advair HFA 250mcg/25mcg from My Drug Center costs just $123, or $0.34 per dose. These prices are much cheaper than your local Costco.


Similarly, 180 doses of generic Advair Diskus 250mcg/50mcg from My Drug Center costs $114, or $0.63 per dose.

If you're looking to lower the cost of your Advair prescription, the two options outlined here can help.



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