Generic Voltaren Gel
Although the exclusivity rights for Voltaren Gel expired in October 2010, there are no generic forms of the product available at this time. It is unclear why no generic versions exist, and it is difficult to predict when a generic version would become available. Diclofenac is the "generic name" of Voltaren Gel; it is not, however, a generic version of the drug.
Is There a Generic Version of Voltaren Gel?Voltaren® Gel (diclofenac gel) is a prescription arthritis medication. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is applied directly to the affected joint(s) four times daily.
Voltaren Gel is manufactured by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. There are no generic versions of Voltaren Gel available at this time.
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?
Novartis held the exclusive rights to market Voltaren Gel until October 2010. However, this date has passed, and no generic versions are available yet, for reasons that are unclear. Because it is unclear why there are no generic versions available yet, it is difficult to predict when exactly a generic might become available.
Is Diclofenac a Generic Voltaren Gel?No -- diclofenac is the active ingredient in Voltaren Gel (as well as several other medications), but it is not a generic version of Voltaren Gel. 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.