More Info on Generic Benlysta
It is difficult to predict when generic Benlysta might become available. Previously, regulations did not allow generic biologic versions to be made. However, regulations are changing to allow generic manufacturers to create biologic products that are similar to ones already approved by the FDA.
Despite the changing regulations, it is unlikely that a generic version of Benlysta will be available in the near future. Benlysta was approved in March 2011, and will likely be protected from generic competition by patents for quite some time.
No, belimumab is the active ingredient in Benlysta, but is 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.