Generic Nexium - Does anyone know when this will be available?
- 2 Feb 2010 by wanbee
- 19 Jul 2010
- nexium, esomeprazole, generic
The drug is very expensive and my insurance will not pay for it. I think the brand name is safe for 10 yrs, then it can go generic.
I've taken Imitrex for years for migraines - also very expensive. It is now a generic and affordable; but still not cheap.
This is what I found on the net:
"When Will Generic Nexium Be Available?
This is a difficult question to answer. There are numerous patents for Nexium, the first of which expires in 2014. There have already been a few lawsuits between AstraZeneca and manufacturers of generic drugs, and there will likely be several more. Until these legal matters are fully settled, it is impossible to predict when generic Nexium may become available."
As far as I know there some manufactures which produces drugs with the same active ingredient and dosage as brand Nexium has. Most of them are made by Indian companies. However the excipients, form of tablets, their shape may differ
Nexium is manufactured by AstraZeneca. It is currently protected by several patents. The first to expire isn't until 2014.
There have already been lawsuits between AstraZeneca and manufacturers of generic drugs, and there will likely be more. Because of this it is impossible to predict when generic Nexium may become available.
Once Nexium goes off patent it becomes non-exclusive and a number of manufacturers may offer generic Nexium.
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