There are currently no generic Norvir products licensed for sale. While certain companies may claim to sell a generic version of the medicine, these products may be fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. Until an approved version of generic Norvir is actually available, do not purchase any of these so-called "generic" medicines.
Generic Norvir: An Overview
Norvir® (ritonavir) is a prescription AIDS and HIV medication. It belongs to a class of medications known as protease inhibitors. It is most commonly used to "boost" other HIV medications to increase the level of other HIV medications in the blood, making them more effective.
Norvir is made by Abbot Laboratories. It is currently under the protection of patents that prevent any generic Norvir from being manufactured in the United States. Yet, if you search the Internet for "generic Norvir," you may find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines may be fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. Generic Norvir may be available from another country, but there is really no way of knowing whether you are actually getting genuine Norvir. You should not buy any generic Norvir until there is an approved version available.
When Will Generic Norvir Be Available?
The first patents for Norvir expired in early 2014. Yet, no generic versions are available. This suggests that one or more later-expiring patents may still be providing protection against generic competition. The next Norvir patent is set to expire in January 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 Norvir uses or lawsuits. Once the patent expires, several companies will likely begin manufacturing a generic Norvir drug.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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