Generic Epzicom

At this time, Epzicom is not available as a generic in the United States, even though it is no longer protected by its first patents. Because the brand-name product has multiple patents listed, it is nearly impossible to predict when a generic version may become available.

Generic Epzicom: An Overview

Epzicom™ (abacavir/lamivudine) is a prescription HIV and AIDS medication. It contains two different medications, both of which belong to a group of medications known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). It is approved to be used only in combination with other HIV medications.
Epzicom is made by GlaxoSmithKline. It is not yet available in generic form in the United States.

When Will Generic Epzicom Be Available?

The first patents for Epzicom have already expired. It is unclear why generic versions are not yet available. Perhaps the other listed patents (the next of which is set to expire in May 2010) provide protection against generic competition.
When multiple patents are listed (as is the case with Epzicom), it is often unclear which patents provide true protection against generic competition. Therefore, it is difficult, if not impossible, to predict when exactly a generic Epzicom will become available.

Is Abacavir/Lamivudine a Generic Epzicom?

The answer is no. Abacavir and lamivudine are the active ingredients in Epzicom but are not a generic version of the medication. What can be confusing is that, oftentimes, the active ingredient of any drug is referred to as the "generic name." The generic name is different from a generic version of a medicine. In order for there to be a generic version of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off patent and another company besides the original manufacturer would make the product.

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