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Generic Prepopik

Companies are not allowed to make generic Prepopik (sodium picosulfate/magnesium oxide/anhydrous citric acid) at this time. The drug is currently protected by exclusivity rights that do not expire until July 2015. However, lawsuits or other circumstances could change this date. After the patents expire, companies may choose to make a generic version of the bowel-prep product.

Can I Buy Generic Prepopik?

Prepopik® (sodium picosulfate/magnesium oxide/anhydrous citric acid) is a prescription medication used to clean the bowel before a colonoscopy. This is known as colonoscopy preparation, or simply bowel prep. While most of the available bowel-prep products (the kind that come in the "big jug") are very similar to each other, Prepopik is significantly different. It contains different active ingredients and is the regimen requiring the least amount of active ingredient to drink.
Prepopik is made by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc. It is currently under the protection of exclusivity rights that prevent any generic versions from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will Generic Prepopik Be Available?

Prepopik is protected against generic competition by exclusivity rights that expire in July 2015. 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. This could include such things as lawsuits or patents for new Prepopik uses. Once the patent expires, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Prepopik medication.

Is Sodium Picosulfate/Magnesium Oxide/Anhydrous Citric Acid a Generic Prepopik?

No -- sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide, and anhydrous citric acid are the active ingredients in Prepopik, but are not generic versions 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.

Prepopik Medication Information

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