What You Need to Know About Generic Ilaris

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

It is difficult to predict when generic Ilaris might become available. Previously, regulations did not allow generic biologic versions to be made. However, regulations are changing to allow manufacturers to create biologic products that are similar to ones already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Despite the changing regulations, it is unlikely that a generic version of Ilaris will be available in the near future. Ilaris was approved in June 2009, and will likely be protected from generic competitions by patents for quite some time.

Is Canakinumab a Generic Ilaris?

No -- canakinumab is the active ingredient in Ilaris, 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.
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