Bydureon is manufactured by Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Because this drug is protected by patents that have not yet expired, there are no generic versions of Bydureon available in the United States.
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?
Bydureon is expected to be protected from generic competition until at least December 2016, when the first patent is set to expire. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
However, other circumstances could come up to delay or shorten the exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or patents for new Bydureon uses
. In fact, since December 2016 is actually listed for the short-acting version (Byetta®
) as well, it is likely that other, later-expiring patents will protect Bydureon beyond 2016, although this is difficult to predict with certainty.
Is Exenatide a Generic Bydureon?
No -- exenatide
is the active ingredient in Bydureon, but is 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.
Byetta® contains a short-acting version of Bydureon and is injected twice daily. It is not a generic version of Bydureon.