After I wrote a post on the cost of generic finasteride last year, I received several requests to write one on the cost of generic dutasteride. However, the reason for my not being able to do that right away was because the patent for Avodart (which is the original brand name dutasteride that is made by GlaxoSmithKline) only ran out late last year and it took a few more months before generics became readily available.
Note that dutasteride has only been approved to treat hair loss in South Korea and Japan as of the time of writing this post. In the US and EU, it is approved to treat enlarged prostates, but not yet for hair loss. I am optimistic that this situation will change in the next year, but no guarantees. As I have mentioned many times on this blog before, dutasteride (see positive and negative testimonials) is likely to give substantially superior results in comparison to finasteride when it comes to treating hair loss, but at the same time likely to cause more frequent side effects. Do your research carefully before deciding to proceed with such a strong drug and always discuss taking it with your doctor before proceeding. In rare cases, it seems like the side effects from both finasteride and dutasteride can be permanent.
Note that various online sites now offer coupons for drug purchases if you are buying them with cash and not paying via insurance. Perhaps the most popular one is GoodRx, which has coupons for numerous drugs, including for dutasteride. For those not in the US, feel free to provide your country’s prices and discount options in the comments to this post.
Note: Prices and brands at the same pharmacy chains may vary by US state. Also keep in mind that many stores may price match or have internal savings plans.
Country of manufacture entries in the below table could be off and I have not tried to go through product brochure attachments on company websites for now to try to find out. Teva Pharmaceuticals is headquartered in Israel, but a pharmacist told me their generic dutasteride was made in the US. The Breckenridge Pharmaceuticals website says it is based in the US, but a Costco employee told me that the packaging on their generic dutasteride says its made in New Zealand. Amneal Pharmaceuticals website says that 95 percent of its products are made in the US and 5 percent are made in India. GSK is headquartered in the UK, but it seems like the company’s Avodart is made in the US. Please let me know country of manufacture if you purchase any of the below and come to find out any errors on my part.
|Pharmacy Name||Avodart (0.5 mg) — 30 pills||Company Name (Country of Manufacture)||Generic Dutasteride (0.5 mg) — 30 pills||Company Name (Country of Manufacture)|
Pharmaceuticals (New Zealand)
|CVS (Target now seems to house CVS)||$207||GSK (US)||$172||Teva Pharmaceuticals (US)|
|Rite Aid||$222||GSK (US)||$173||Amneal Pharmaceuticals (US)|
|Safeway||$232||GSK (US)||$203||Amneal Pharmaceuticals (US)|
|Sam’s Club||$190||GSK (US)||$100||Teva Pharmaceuticals (US)|
|Walgreens||$206||GSK (US)||$182||Amneal Pharmaceuticals (US)|
|Walmart||$195||GSK (US)||$157||Teva Pharmaceuticals (US)|