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Generic Viokace

Exclusivity rights currently prevent any company from making a generic Viokace 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 Viokace, it is simply the active ingredient in the medication and not a generic version of it.

Can I Buy Generic Viokace?

Viokace® (pancrelipase) is a prescription medication approved to treat pancreatic digestive enzyme deficiencies. It is taken by mouth with each meal and snack.
 
Viokace is made by Confab Laboratories, Inc., for Aptalis Pharma US, Inc. It is protected from generic competition in the United States by exclusivity rights, which are similar to patents but not exactly the same.
 

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

It appears that Viokace will be protected against generic competition until March 2017, when the exclusivity rights for the drug expire. 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 things such as lawsuits or other patents for new Viokace uses. Once the exclusivity rights expire, several companies may begin manufacturing a generic Viokace drug.
 

Is Pancrelipase a Generic Viokace?

No -- pancrelipase is the active ingredient in Viokace, 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.
 
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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