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Which Baraclude Generic Is Worth Getting?

Here in the U.S., Baraclude has been classified as a Tier 4 medication from Tier 2 by Medicare.  So the copay amount is going up.  We take Baraclude 0.5mg made by Bristol Myers but must switch, as we can't afford Tier 4 drug costs anymore.

I've read comments here, especially from Stefan, that Ranbaxy's Entaco is a good generic brand to buy.  

But is that obtainable from offshore online pharmacies from the U.S.?  I've been made aware that Ranbaxy may have been blacklisted by the FDA.  Stefan, on the other hand, said Zydus Cadilla's Entehep is not worth getting.  

My research has uncovered about 2 additional brands.  It looks like many offline pharmacies are selling another Indian company, Natco's, X-Vir brand.  Is this a reliable brand?  Another common brand I see is Cipro (I can't be sure if that the name of the company or the brand).  Is this brand ok?

Also, I realize that Baraclude will be losing patent coverage in the U.S. next year.  Does anyone know approximately when and when would the U.S. generic brand be available, then?  Around how much?  Is the upgrade to Tier 4 from Tier 2 due to this anticipated patent expiration?

Thanks very much for your thoughts and comments.
Tags: baraclude, generic, Ranbaxy
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Also, I want to hear from people who've been purchasing generics from offshore pharmacies.  Here're the pharmacies that I looked at that sell either Natco's X-Vir or Cipro:

http://www.canadian-pharmacies-online.net/Entecavir/
http://www.greyspharmacy.com/Entecavir/
http://www.pioneerfund.org/Baraclude/
http://www.alldaychemist.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Baraclude

The prices are $250-$300 for 100 pills, about $2.50-$3.10 per pill.  Are these offshore pharmacies reliable?  I'm asking because previously I dealt with All Day Chemist and United Pharmacies and had unauthorized credit card charges that I had to reverse after I made a purchase.

That comes with the territory, I suppose.  But any suggestion on a reputable online pharmacy that sells Baraclude to U.S. customers will be appreciated.  Thanks very much.
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