Generic Synribo

Because a patent is in place until March 2019, companies are not allowed to make a generic version of Synribo (omacetaxine) at this time. However, after this patent expires, a generic product may become available. Certain circumstances may come up, however, such as lawsuits or patents for new uses, which may delay the availability of a generic version of this drug.


Can I Buy Generic Synribo?

Synribo™ (omacetaxine mepesuccinate) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with chronic myeloid leukemia (chronic myelogenous leukemia), a cancer of the blood cells. It is used in people whose cancer has progressed after treatment with certain other medications.
Synribo is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA, Inc. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Synribo from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The first patent for Synribo is set to expire in March 2019. 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, including things such as lawsuits or other patents for new Synribo uses. Once the patent expires, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Synribo drug.

Is Omacetaxine a Generic Synribo?

No -- omacetaxine is the active ingredient in Synribo, 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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