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At this time, generic Remicade is not available because it is a "biologic." This means that it is under different rules and laws than most other medications. Until the laws and rules are changed, there may never be a generic version available. Although some places claim to sell a generic version of the drug, these medications likely are not really Remicade and could be dangerous.

Generic Remicade: An Overview

Remicade® (infliximab) is a prescription medication that is approved to treat several inflammatory conditions that affect the joints, skin, and digestive system.
 
Specific uses of Remicade include reducing the signs and symptoms of the following conditions:
 
Remicade is manufactured by Centocor, Inc. Technically, it is considered a "biologic" and is, therefore, under different rules and laws than most other medications. At this point, generic biologics, including generic Remicade, are not allowed to be manufactured.
 
Yet, if you search the Internet for "generic Remicade," you may find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines are fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. A generic version of Remicade may be available from another country, but there is really no way of knowing if you are getting genuine Remicade or not. Therefore, you should not buy any generic versions until an approved version is available.
 

When Will Generic Remicade Be Available?

This is a difficult question to answer. Unless the laws and rules are changed, generic Remicade may never be available. However, it is likely that these rules and laws will be changed in the future.
 
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