Generic Fuzeon

At this time, Fuzeon (enfuvirtide) is available as a brand-name drug only, despite the fact that its first patent has expired. It's possible that a generic version could be introduced as soon as June 2015 (when the next patent is set to expire), barring any lawsuits or other patents for specific uses of the drug.

Generic Fuzeon: An Overview

Fuzeon® (enfuvirtide) is a prescription HIV and AIDS medication. Fuzeon is the first and only medication in a group of HIV drugs known as fusion inhibitors. It is approved only for use in combination with other HIV medications.
 
Fuzeon is made by Roche Laboratories. It is currently under the protection of patents that prevent any generic Fuzeon from being manufactured in the United States.
 

When Will Generic Fuzeon Be Available?

The first patent for Fuzeon expired in June 2013, without bringing any generic versions to market. Most likely, this means that other patents, set to expire later, are still protecting the drug from generic competition. The next Fuzeon patent is set to expire in June 2015. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version of the drug could become available.
 
However, other circumstances could come up to extend the exclusivity period beyond 2015. This could include such things as other patents for specific Fuzeon uses or lawsuits. Once the patent expires, several companies will likely begin manufacturing a generic Fuzeon drug.
 

Is Enfuvirtide the Same as Generic Fuzeon?

No -- enfuvirtide is the active ingredient in Fuzeon, but is not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that, oftentimes, the active ingredient of a 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 must make the product.
 

Fuzeon Medication for HIV

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