Do they now have a generic, I don't have insurance and dont have alot of money'?
18 Jul 2010
No, there is currently no generic Cymbalta available yet.
Cymbalta is manufactured by Eli Lilly. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Cymbalta from being manufactured in the United States. The patent expires in 2013.
Cymbalta is used to treat major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder. It is also used to treat a chronic pain disorder called fibromyalgia, and to treat pain caused by nerve damage in people with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy).
Once Cymbalta goes off patent a number of manufacturers will be able to offer generic versions. This will not happen before 2013.
You may find generic versions of Cymbalta online but these are most likely not real and potentially dangerous.
The FDA recommends against the purchase of prescription medications online.
You should not buy any generic Cymbalta until there is an approved generic available.
10 Mar 2010
Update Dec 2013 - Generic now available.
Generic name for Cymbalta is Duloxetine. Many people buying generic cymbalta from foreign countries would be interested in that.
3 Sep 2012
I just went to refill my prescription on-line, (I use CVS) and was advised during the electronic process, that there was now a generic available, and asked if I wanted the pharmacy to contact my doctor to authorize the switch. I said no, since tomorrow is my only available day to actually get to the pharmacy, and she wouldn't be available until Tuesday anyway. Fortunately, I do have insurance, so while I still pay $38.00 for a 30 day supply, I think it would be even less at a generic price. So apparently, there is either already one available, (though we're 4 months shy of the patent expiration date) or they planned to sub it with the Duloxetine. In reality, that's all that's required. Twisting a molecule in the active/main ingredient. So, I'll find out from the pharmacist when I pick it up, since the option was available, they were gonna fill it with something.
9 May 2012
There is no generic available yet. But, Lilly Cares will help anyone who does not have prescription coverage for their meds. The easiest way is to goto www.needymeds.com, on the left side bar click on brand name drug, click the letter of your med and follow the simple instructions.
27 Oct 2010
A patent currently prohibits any generic Cymbalta from being manufactured and sold in the United States. However, there are places claiming to sell a "generic Cymbalta," but be advised that these medications are fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. The earliest date that a generic version of Cymbalta could become available is in 2013, when the patent expires.
26 May 2012
Right now Cymbalta is under a patent with the drug company that manufactures it. That patent will expire in June of 2013. Then the drug will most likely be picked up by another pharmaceutical company that will make it in generic. Until then, it will only be name brand because it is under patent with current drug company. I know it sucks! It is really expensive! I am currently on it but my insurance company is giving me a hard time about covering it due to its enormous cost. It's a really good med. and should be available in generic. Have you talked with your Dr. or tried writing the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Cymbalta? Good luck!
26 Mar 2013
Cymbalta is under its patent until the very earliest December 2013. Even then they could extend it based on its various uses.
I take Cymbalta 60mg and 30mg and could really use a decrease in prices. But have had very little luck with generics of any drug so far. I am wary of generics of my anxiety meds and fibro meds. They never seem to work like the original. Not only that but the side effects of coming off of this drug are nasty sometimes. I would say that more than likely no generic will be available for this until sometime next year if then. They have found so many things that it helps that it may never go generic.
14 Jul 2010
just to add my 2 cents in - I did order generic cymbalta outside u.s. It could've been a serious mistake because whatever was in those capsules( likely sugaur) was not an antidepressant and caused me some uncomfortable days while I played catchup with a new Rx for the real thing.
7 Jul 2010
Cymbalta is manufactured by Eli Lilly. It is currently protected by patent until 2013.
Eli Lilly can use various methods to extend the exclusivity period of Cymbalta beyond this date which is why this is the earliest that a generic may become available.
Once Cymbalta goes off patent, it becomes non-exclusive and a number of manufacturers may offer a generic version.
There is often confusion between the generic name and the generic version of a drug. Every brand name has an active ingredient which is called the "generic name". This is not the same as a "generic version" of a drug.
In order for there to be a generic version, the brand name must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original patent holder must be making the drug.
You may find a number of companies currently offering generic Cymbalta online but these are most likely fake and potentially dangerous. There may be a generic version of Cymbalta available in another country but there is no way to know if you are getting the genuine drug. For this reason you should avoid buying any generic version of Cymbalta unless you know it is definitely approved in your country.
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