Patents currently prevent the manufacturing of any generic versions of Edurant (rilpivirine). The first patent is scheduled to expire in December 2019, which would be the earliest date that a generic version could become available. However, if a lawsuit is filed or patents for new uses are issued, it may delay the manufacturing of a generic Edurant medicine.
Can I Buy Generic Edurant?
Edurant™ (rilpivirine) is a prescription AIDS and HIV medication. It belongs to a class of drugs known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). Edurant is approved for use only in combination with other HIV medications. It is meant only for people who have not been on other HIV medications before.
Edurant is made by Janssen-Cilag S.p.A. for Tibotec Therapeutics, Division of Centocor Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. It is currently under the protection of patents that prevent any generic Edurant from being manufactured in the United States.
However, if you search the Internet for "generic Edurant," you may find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines may be fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. There may be generic Edurant available from another country, but there is really no way of knowing whether you are actually getting the genuine product. You should not buy any generic Edurant until there is an approved generic available.
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?
The first patent is set to expire in December 2019. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
However, other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for specific Edurant uses. Once the drug goes off-patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Edurant drug.
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 July 18, 2011.
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