Generic Leukeran

Although all of the patents and exclusivity rights have expired for Leukeran (chlorambucil), a generic version of this drug is not available at this time. It is unknown why a manufacturer has not chosen to make a generic Leukeran product, although it may be because the demand for the drug is too small for a generic product to be profitable.

Can I Buy Generic Leukeran?

Leukeran® (chlorambucil) is a prescription medication approved to treat certain cancers of the blood. It belongs to a group of medicines known as alkylating agents.
 
Leukeran is made by GlaxoSmithKline. At this time, there are no generic versions of Leukeran available in the United States.
 

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

It is difficult to predict when a generic Leukeran might become available. The medication was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to 1982. There are currently no unexpired patents or exclusivity rights protecting the drug from generic competition. Therefore, a generic manufacturer could make a generic version of the medication. However, at this point, no generic manufacturer has chosen to do so.
 
It is not entirely clear why a generic company is not making a generic Leukeran. It could be that the demand for the medication is too small for a generic manufacturer to make a generic version. Because it is unknown why a generic version of Leukeran is not being made, it is impossible to predict when, or if, a generic version might become available.
 

Is Chlorambucil a Generic Leukeran?

No -- chlorambucil is the active ingredient in Leukeran, 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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