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Generic Janumet XR

Patents are currently in place that prevent companies from making a generic version of Janumet XR (sitagliptin and metformin extended-release). After the first patent expires in April 2017, however, this situation may change. Although sitagliptin and metformin extended-release are often referred to as the "generic name" for Janumet XR, they are simply the active ingredients in this product.

Can I Buy Generic Janumet XR?

Janumet® XR (sitagliptin and metformin extended-release) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It contains a combination of sitagliptin (Januvia®) and metformin ER (Fortamet®, Glucophage XR®, Glumetza®).
 
Janumet XR is made by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. It is currently under the protection of patents that prevent any generic versions from being manufactured in the United States.
 

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The first patent for Janumet XR is set to expire in April 2017. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
 
However, other circumstances could come up to delay or shorten this exclusivity period. This includes such things as lawsuits or other patents for new Janumet XR uses. Once the patents expire, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Janumet XR drug.
 

Are Metformin and Sitagliptin a Generic Janumet XR?

No, sitagliptin and metformin are the active ingredients in Janumet XR, not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that the active ingredient of a drug is often 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, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.
 
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