Is a Generic Version of Uloric Available?
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Uloric is made by Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Currently, Uloric is protected by patents that prevent any generic versions from being sold in the United States.
When Will Generic Uloric Be Available?
The first patent for Uloric currently expires in March 2014. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version of Uloric could become available. However, there are other circumstances that could come up to extend or shorten the exclusivity period of Uloric. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for specific Uloric uses
. Once Uloric goes off patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Uloric drug.
Is Febuxostat a Generic Uloric?
No -- febuxostat hydrochloride is the active ingredient in Uloric, but it is not a generic version of Uloric. What can be confusing is that, 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 would make the product.