At this time, generic Serevent is not allowed to be manufactured in the United States. This is because brand-name Serevent is protected by a number of patents. Although some of these patents have already expired, it is still too early to predict when a generic version could become available.
An Overview of Generic Serevent
Serevent® (salmeterol xinafoate) is a prescription medication used to treat asthma and other similar lung problems. It is part of a class of asthma drugs known as beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, or beta agonists for short.
Serevent is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Serevent from being manufactured in the United States.
When Will Generic Serevent Be Available?
Because there are many different patents for Serevent listed with the FDA, it is difficult (probably impossible) to accurately predict when a generic version may become available. Some of the earlier Serevent patents have already expired. It is simply too early to even guess when a generic may be available.
Is Salmeterol a Generic Serevent?
The answer is no. Salmeterol is the active ingredient in Serevent, not a generic version of the medication. What can be confusing is that, oftentimes, the active ingredient of any drug is referred to as its "generic name." But the generic name of a medicine is different from a generic version of it. 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 must have made the product.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Serevent Diskus [package insert]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline;2010 June.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed August 14, 2009.
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