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Generic Qutenza Availability

Qutenza is a brand name of capsaicin topical, approved by the FDA in the following formulation(s):

QUTENZA (capsaicin - patch;topical)

  • Manufacturer: ACORDA
    Approval date: November 16, 2009
    Strength(s): 8% [RLD]

Has a generic version of Qutenza been approved?

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

Note: Fraudulent online pharmacies may attempt to sell an illegal generic version of Qutenza. 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: Generic Drug FAQs.

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.

  • Transdermal therapeutic device and method with capsaicin and capsaicin analogs
    Patent 6,239,180
    Issued: May 29, 2001
    Inventor(s): Robbins; Wendye R.
    Assignee(s): The Regents of the University of California
    Transdermal application of capsaicin (or a capsaicin analog) in a concentration from greater than about 5% to about 10% by weight has been discovered to be an extremely effective therapy for treating neuropathic pain, so long as an anesthetic, preferably by means of a transdermal patch, is administered initially to the affected area to minimize the expected side effects from subsequent capsaicin application.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • June 4, 2021
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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:
    • November 16, 2016 - ORPHAN DRUG 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.