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Generic Ultresa

Exclusivity rights currently prevent any company from making a generic Ultresa product. The earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available is March 2017, when the exclusivity rights are set to expire. Although pancrelipase is sometimes called the "generic name" of Ultresa, it is simply the active ingredient in the medication and not a generic version of it.

Can I Buy Generic Ultresa?

Ultresa® (pancrelipase) is a prescription medication approved treat exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (a deficiency of pancreatic digestive enzymes), such as the type of deficiency that occurs with cystic fibrosis. It is taken by mouth with each meal and snack.
 
Ultresa is made by Aptalis Pharma US, Inc. It is protected from generic competition by exclusivity rights that have yet to expire. Exclusivity rights are similar to patents.
 

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The exclusivity rights for Ultresa are currently set to expire in March 2017. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version could become available.

However, other circumstances could come up to delay or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include things such as lawsuits or other patents for new Ultresa uses. Once the exclusivity rights expire, several companies may begin manufacturing a generic Ultresa drug.
 

Is Pancrelipase a Generic Ultresa?

No -- pancrelipase is the active ingredient in Ultresa, 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." There are a few other brand-name pancrelipase drugs, but they are not directly interchangeable; different pancrelipase products have different mixtures of the various different enzymes.
 

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