Generic Benlysta

Because Benlysta (belimumab) is considered a "biologic" medication, it is under different rules and laws than most other medications. As a result, generic Benlysta is not available and cannot be produced until these laws and rules are changed. It's important to remember that belimumab, Benlysta's active ingredient, is not a generic version of the drug; it is the generic name.

Can I Buy Generic Benlysta?

Benlysta® (belimumab) is a prescription medication used to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), also known simply as "lupus." It belongs to a group of medications known as monoclonal antibodies.
Benlysta is manufactured by Human Genome Sciences, Inc., and is jointly marketed by Human Genome Sciences, Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline. It is considered a "biologic" by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is, therefore, under different rules and regulations than most other prescription medications. Because it is a biologic therapy, generic versions of Benlysta cannot be made by other manufacturers.

What Is a Biologic?

Biologics are medications made using living cells or organisms. The living cells or organisms are used to make complex mixtures of proteins or molecules, which are then used to make medications or vaccines.
Biologic products include many different types of medicines, such as vaccines, blood products, and gene therapies. Because they are so complex, it can be difficult for a generic manufacturer to make an identical version of the product. For this reason, generic biologics are sometimes called "biosimilars" or "follow-on biologics." Biosimilars or follow-on biologics have similar properties as the existing biologic product, but are not considered identical to the existing biologic product.

Benlysta Medication Information

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