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Generic Benicar Availability

Benicar is a brand name of olmesartan, approved by the FDA in the following formulation(s):

BENICAR (olmesartan medoxomil - tablet;oral)

Has a generic version of Benicar been approved?

A generic version of Benicar has been approved by the FDA. However, this does not mean that the product will necessarily be commercially available - possibly because of drug patents and/or drug exclusivity. The following products are equivalent to Benicar and have been approved by the FDA:

olmesartan medoxomil tablet;oral

  • Manufacturer: MYLAN PHARMS INC
    Approval date: October 26, 2016
    Strength(s): 5MG [AB], 20MG [AB], 40MG [AB]

Note: Fraudulent online pharmacies may attempt to sell an illegal generic version of Benicar. These medications may be counterfeit and potentially unsafe. If you purchase medications online, be sure you are buying from a reputable and valid online pharmacy. Ask your health care provider for advice if you are unsure about the online purchase of any medication.

See also: About generic drugs.

Related Patents

Patents are granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at any time during a drug's development and may include a wide range of claims.

  • Angiotensin II antagosist 1-biphenylmethylimidazole compounds and their therapeutic use
    Patent 5,616,599
    Issued: April 1, 1997
    Inventor(s): Yanagisawa; Hiroaki & Fujimoto; Koichi & Amemiya; Yoshiya & Shimoji; Yasuo & Kanazaki; Takuro & Koike; Hiroyuki & Sada; Toshio
    Assignee(s): Sankyo Company, Limited
    Compounds of the following formula (I) or the formula (I).sub.p : ##STR1## wherein R.sup.1 is alkyl or alkenyl; R.sup.2 and R.sup.3 are hydrogen, alkyl, alkenyl, cycloalkyl, aralkyl, aryl, or aryl fused to cycloalkyl; R.sup.4 is hydrogen, alkyl, alkanoyl, alkenoyl, arylcarbonyl, alkoxycarbonyl, tetrahydropyranyl, tetrahydrothiopyranyl, tetrahydrothienyl, tetrahydrofuryl, a group of formula --SiR.sup.a R.sup.b R.sup.c, in which R.sup.a, R.sup.b and R.sup.c are alkyl or aryl, alkoxymethyl, (alkoxyalkoxy)methyl, haloalkoxymethyl, aralkyl, aryl or alkanoyloxymethoxycarbonyl; R.sup.5 is carboxy or --CONR.sup.8 R.sup.9, wherein R.sup.8 and R.sup.9 hydrogens or alkyl, or R.sup.8 and R.sup.9 together form alkylene; R.sup.6 is hydrogen, alkyl, alkoxy or halogen; R.sup.7 is carboxy or tetrazol-5-yl; R.sub.p.sup.1 is hydrogen, alkyl, cycloalkyl or alkanoyl; R.sub.p.sup.2 is a single bond, alkylene or alkylidene; R.sub.p.sup.3 and R.sub.p.sup.4 are each hydrogen or alkyl; R.sub.p.sup.6 is carboxy or tetrazol-5-yl; and X.sub.p is oxygen or sulfur; and pharmaceutically acceptable salts and esters thereof. The compounds are AII receptor antagonists and thus have hypotensive activity and can be used for the treatment and prophylaxis of hypertension. The compounds may be prepared by reacting a biphenylmethyl compound with an imidazole compound.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • October 25, 2016
      Pediatric exclusivity
  • Pharmaceutical composition
    Patent 6,878,703
    Issued: April 12, 2005
    Inventor(s): Sada; Toshio & Mizuno; Makoto
    Assignee(s): Sankyo Company, Limited
    A pharmaceutical composition comprises an angiotensin II receptor antagonist selected from among compounds having the following formula (I), a pharmacologically acceptable salt thereof, a pharmacologically acceptable ester thereof and a pharmacologically acceptable salt of such ester, and one or more diuretics: The pharmaceutical composition of the present invention has an excellent hypotensive effect and low toxicity, and therefore is useful as a medicament for preventing or treating hypertension or heart disease.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • November 19, 2021
      Sponsor has requested patent be delisted
    • May 19, 2022
      Pediatric exclusivity


Drug PatentA drug patent is assigned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and assigns exclusive legal right to the patent holder to protect the proprietary chemical formulation. The patent assigns exclusive legal right to the inventor or patent holder, and may include entities such as the drug brand name, trademark, product dosage form, ingredient formulation, or manufacturing process A patent usually expires 20 years from the date of filing, but can be variable based on many factors, including development of new formulations of the original chemical, and patent infringement litigation.
Drug ExclusivityExclusivity is the sole marketing rights granted by the FDA to a manufacturer upon the approval of a drug and may run simultaneously with a patent. Exclusivity periods can run from 180 days to seven years depending upon the circumstance of the exclusivity grant.
RLDA Reference Listed Drug (RLD) is an approved drug product to which new generic versions are compared to show that they are bioequivalent. A drug company seeking approval to market a generic equivalent must refer to the Reference Listed Drug in its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA). By designating a single reference listed drug as the standard to which all generic versions must be shown to be bioequivalent, FDA hopes to avoid possible significant variations among generic drugs and their brand name counterpart.
ABProducts meeting necessary bioequivalence requirements. Multisource drug products listed under the same heading (i.e., identical active ingredients(s), dosage form, and route(s) of administration) and having the same strength (see Therapeutic Equivalence-Related Terms, Pharmaceutical Equivalents) generally will be coded AB if a study is submitted demonstrating bioequivalence. In certain instances, a number is added to the end of the AB code to make a three character code (i.e., AB1, AB2, AB3, etc.). Three-character codes are assigned only in situations when more than one reference listed drug of the same strength has been designated under the same heading. Two or more reference listed drugs are generally selected only when there are at least two potential reference drug products which are not bioequivalent to each other. If a study is submitted that demonstrates bioequivalence to a specific listed drug product, the generic product will be given the same three-character code as the reference listed drug it was compared against.