Generic Valcyte for ME/CFS: Available, insured

If you’ve been spending enormous sums of money to obtain Valcyte (valganciclovir) for myalgic encephalomyelitis, aka chronic fatigue syndrome, you might check again with your pharmacy and insurer. Suddenly, two companies have begun selling generic versions of this drug on the U.S. market. They received FDA approval out of the blue in late 2014.

Your insurer might cover the generic even if it won’t pay for brand-name Valcyte. That’s what happened in my case. Instead of sending almost $1800 per month to CanadaDrugs.com, now I’ll pay $15 per month to a U.S. pharmacy.

If you don’t have insurance, or your insurance still won’t cover your prescription, you might try different combinations of coupon providers and pharmacies. For example, GoodRX.com lists prices at Rite-Aid and Walgreen’s that are lower than those from Canada; it’s more expensive at other pharmacies, but many have their own discounts.

Good luck!

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