Is Crestor available as a generic?
18 Jul 2010
No, there is no generic available for Crestor.
Crestor is manufactured by Astra Zenica.
Crestor is used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood. Crestor is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors.
Crestor is currently protected by patent until 2016.
At present, because of the patent, drug companies are prohibited from manufacturing a generic version.
Once Crestor goes off patent a number of manufacturers will be able to offer generic versions.
This will not happen before 2016.
You may find generic versions of Crestor online but these are most likely not real and potentially dangerous.
The FDA recommends against the purchase of prescription medications online.
7 Jul 2010
Crestor is distributed by Astra Zeneca and is currently protected by patent until 2016.
Astra Zeneca can use various methods to extend the exclusivity period of Crestor beyond this date which is why this is the earliest that a generic may become available.
Once Crestor 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.
For Crestor the generic name is rosuvastatin.
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 Crestor online but these are most likely fake and potentially dangerous. There may be a generic version of Crestor 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 Crestor unless you know it is definitely approved in your country.
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