Generic Truvada

There are currently no generic Truvada products available on the market. The first patents for the active ingredients in the medication are set to expire in July 2017. As soon as these patents expire (unless circumstances arise to extend the exclusivity period beyond this time), other companies can begin manufacturing a generic Truvada drug.

Generic Truvada: An Overview

Truvada® (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) is a prescription HIV and AIDS medication. It contains two different HIV medications: emtricitabine (Emtriva®) and tenofovir (Viread®). For HIV treatment, Truvada is approved for use only in combination with other HIV medications. For HIV prevention, it can be used alone (but always in combination with safer sex practices).
Truvada is made by Gilead Sciences, Inc. It is currently under the protection of patents that prevent any generic Truvada from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will Generic Truvada Be Available?

The first patents for both active ingredients in Truvada will have expired by July 2017. 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 2017. This could include such things as other patents for specific Truvada uses or lawsuits. Once the patents expire, several companies will likely begin manufacturing a generic Truvada drug.

Is Emtricitabine and Tenofovir the Same as Generic Truvada?

No -- emtricitabine and tenofovir are the active ingredients in Truvada, but are not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that, oftentimes, the active ingredient of any 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.

Truvada HIV Medicine

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