Generic Campath

Because Campath (alemtuzumab) is considered a "biologic" medication, it is under different rules and laws than most other medications. As a result, generic Campath is not available and cannot be produced until these laws and rules are changed. Unexpired patents may also protect brand-name Campath from generic competition. Belimumab, Campath's active ingredient, is not a generic version of the drug; it is the generic name.

 

Can I Buy Generic Campath?

Campath® (alemtuzumab) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of a type of leukemia known as B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia. It belongs to a class of drugs called monoclonal antibodies.
 
Campath is made by Genzyme Corporation. At this time, it is not available in generic form.
 

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

Like other monoclonal antibodies, Campath is considered a "biologic" product. A biologic product is a medication that is made using living cells or organisms. The living cells or organisms are used to make a complex mixture of proteins or molecules, which are then used to make medications or vaccines.
 
Previously, regulations did not allow generic versions of biologics to be made. However, the regulations are currently changing, and generic biologics are expected to be available in the near future.
 
Even with changing regulations, however, it is not entirely clear when a generic Campath may become available. The medication was first approved in 2001, and will likely be protected from generic competition by patents for at least 12 years from this date.
 

Is Alemtuzumab a Generic Campath?

No, alemtuzumab is the active ingredient in Campath, but is not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that the active ingredient of any 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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