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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.