At this time, there is no generic version of Enbrel because it is considered a "biologic." This means that Enbrel is under different rules and laws than most other medications. Until these are changed, a generic version won't be available. While some companies claim to sell a "generic Enbrel," these medications may be fake and possibly dangerous.
Is There a Generic Version of Enbrel?
Enbrel® (etanercept) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several inflammatory conditions that affect the joints and skin. These conditions include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Plaque psoriasis.
Enbrel is manufactured by Amgen. Technically, it is considered to be a "biologic," and is, therefore, under different rules and laws than most other medications. At this point, generic biologics, including generic Enbrel, are not allowed to be manufactured.
Yet, if you search the Internet for "generic Enbrel," you may find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines are fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. Generic Enbrel may be available from another country, but there is really no way of knowing if you are getting genuine Enbrel or not. You should not buy any so-called generic versions until an approved generic is available.
When Will Generic Enbrel Be Available?This is a difficult question. Unless the laws and rules are changed, generic Enbrel will never be available. However, it is likely that these rules and laws will be changed in the future.
Is Etanercept a Generic Enbrel?No -- etanercept is the active ingredient in Enbrel, but is not a generic version of it. Oftentimes, the active ingredient of a drug is referred to as the "generic name." The generic name is different from a generic version of a medicine. In order for there to be a generic version of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.