There is currently no generic Agenerase (amprenavir) available in the United States. While some companies claim to sell generic versions now, you should be cautious of these medications, because they may be fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous.
Can I Buy Generic Agenerase?
Agenerase® (amprenavir) is a prescription AIDS and HIV medication. It is only approved for use in combination with other HIV medications -- it is not to be used alone. Agenerase belongs to a class of medications known as protease inhibitors.
Agenerase is made by GlaxoSmithKline. It is currently under the protection of patents that prevent any generic Agenerase from being manufactured in the United States. Yet, if you search the Internet for "generic Agenerase," you may find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines may be fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. Generic Agenerase may be available from another country, but there is really no way of knowing if you are getting genuine Agenerase or not. You should not buy any generic Agenerase until there is an approved version available.
Agenerase is no longer available in the United States. The manufacturer stopped making it due to low demand, since it has been largely replaced by fosamprenavir (Lexiva®), a similar medication.
When Will Generic Agenerase Be Available?
The first patent for Agenerase expired in December 2013. However, no generic versions are available, likely for the same reasons brand-name Agenerase is no longer available. It is also possible that other patents set to expire later may be preventing any generic versions from being sold in the United States. The next patent listed for Agenerase is set to expire in July 2014.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed February 7, 2014.
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