When Will Generic Rosiglitazone Be Available?
The first patent for rosiglitazone expired in 2012. However, no generic versions are available yet. This suggests that one or more later-expiring patents are still protecting the drug from generic competition. The next patent for rosiglitazone is set to expire in October 2015. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version of rosiglitazone could become available.
However, there are other circumstances that could come up to extend the exclusivity period of rosiglitazone beyond 2015. This could include such things as other patents for specific rosiglitazone uses or lawsuits. Once rosiglitazone goes off patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic rosiglitazone drug.
Is Rosiglitazone a Generic Avandia?No, it isn't. Rosiglitazone is the active ingredient in Avandia, but it is not a generic version of the drug. 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 than 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) would make the product.