At least one patent currently prevents generic Egrifta from being manufactured. The earliest this situation could change is in May 2015, when the patent is scheduled to expire. However, other patents or lawsuits could shorten or lengthen this period. Tesamorelin is the active ingredient in this product and is often referred to as the "generic name"; this is not the same as a "generic version."
Can I Buy Generic Egrifta?
Egrifta™ (tesamorelin acetate) is a prescription medication used to decrease unwanted stomach fat deposits in people with lipodystrophy related to medications used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Egrifta is made by EMD Serono, Inc., U.S. At this time, there are no generic versions.
When Will Generic Egrifta Be Available?
The first patent for Egrifta currently expires in May 2015. 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 Egrifta uses. Once the patent expires, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Egrifta drug.
Is Tesamorelin a Generic Egrifta?
No -- tesamorelin is the active ingredient in Egrifta, 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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 5, 2011.
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