Generic Kineret

At this time, certain laws and rules prevent generic Kineret from being manufactured. Kineret is a "biologic" medication, which means that it is under different rules and laws than most other medications. As a result, generic Kineret is not available and cannot be produced until these laws and rules are changed.

Generic Kineret: An Overview

Kineret® (anakinra) is a prescription medication used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It is part of a group of medications known as biological response modifiers. Kineret is also approved to treat a very rare disorder known as neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID).
Currently, Kineret is made by Swedish Orphan Biovitrum. Technically, Kineret is considered a "biologic" medication and is, therefore, under different rules and laws than most other medications.

What Is a Biologic Medication?

A biologic medication is a medical product made from living cells or organisms. The living cells or organisms are used to make a complex mixture of proteins or molecules, which are then made into medical products, such as medicines, vaccines, or blood products.
Because biologics are complex products made from living cells instead of chemically created like most other prescription medicines, it can be difficult for a generic manufacturer to make an identical version of a biologic product already on the market. For this reason, previous regulations did not allow generic biologics to be made, and brand-name manufacturers were largely protected from generic competition.
However, regulations are currently changing to pave the way for the availability of generic biologic medications. These products are often called "biosimilars" or "follow-on biologics" instead of generic medicines. Although they are not chemically identical to their brand-name counterparts, biosimilars are expected to have the same effects in the body, and therefore can be safely substituted for brand-name biologic medications.
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