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Generic Iressa Availability

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

IRESSA (gefitinib - tablet;oral)

  • Manufacturer: ASTRAZENECA
    Approval date: May 5, 2003
    Strength(s): 250MG
  • Manufacturer: ASTRAZENECA PHARMS
    Approval date: July 13, 2015
    Strength(s): 250MG [RLD]

Has a generic version of Iressa been approved?

No. There is currently no therapeutically equivalent version of Iressa available in the United States.

Note: Fraudulent online pharmacies may attempt to sell an illegal generic version of Iressa. 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.

  • Quinazoline derivatives
    Patent 5,770,599
    Issued: June 23, 1998
    Inventor(s): Gibson; Kieth Hopkinson
    Assignee(s): Zeneca Limited
    The invention concerns quinazoline derivatives of the formula I ##STR1## wherein n is 1, 2 or 3 and each R.sup.2 is independently halogeno, trifluoromethyl or (1-4C)alkyl; R.sup.3 is (1-4C)alkoxy; and R.sup.1 is di-›(1-4C)alkyl!amino-(2-4C)alkoxy, pyrrolidin-1-yl-(2-4C)alkoxy, piperidino-(2-4C)alkoxy, morpholino-(2-4C)alkoxy, piperazin-1-yl-(2-4C)alkoxy, 4-(1-4C)alkylpiperazin-1-yl-(2-4C)alkoxy, imidazol-1-yl-(2-4C)alkoxy, di-›(1-4C)alkoxy-(2-4C)alkyl!amino-(2-4C)alkoxy, thiamorpholino-(2-4C)alkoxy, 1-oxothiamorpholino-(2-4C)alkoxy or 1,1-dioxothiamorpholino-(2-4C)alkoxy, and wherein any of the above-mentioned R.sup.1 substituents comprising a CH.sub.2 (methylene) group which is not attached to a N or O atom optionally bears on said CH.sub.2 group a hydroxy substituent; or pharmaceutically-acceptable salts thereof; processes for their preparation, pharmaceutical compositions containing them, and the use of the receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitory properties of the compounds in the treatment of proliferative disease such as cancer.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • May 5, 2017
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Related Exclusivities

Exclusivity is exclusive marketing rights granted by the FDA upon approval of a drug and can run concurrently with a patent or not. Exclusivity is a statutory provision and is granted to an NDA applicant if statutory requirements are met.

  • Exclusivity expiration dates:
    • July 13, 2018 - NEW PRODUCT
    • July 13, 2022 - ORPHAN DRUG EXCLUSIVITY

Glossary

TermDefinition
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.
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