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When Will Generic Avandia Be Available?

The first patent for Avandia expired in March 2012. However, no generic versions are available yet. This suggests that at least one later-expiring patent is still protecting the drug from generic competition. The next patent for Avandia is set to expire in October 2015. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version of Avandia could become available.
However, there are other circumstances that could come up to extend the exclusivity period of Avandia beyond 2015. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for specific Avandia uses. Once Avandia goes off patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Avandia drug.

Is Rosiglitazone a Generic Avandia?

No, it isn't. Rosiglitazone is the active ingredient in Avandia, but it is not a generic version of Avandia. Oftentimes, the active ingredient of a drug is referred to as the "generic name." The generic name is different than 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.
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