Generic Suprenza

There is a patent that currently prevents any generic Suprenza (orally disintegrating phentermine) from being manufactured. However, after this patent expires in July 2018, companies may be allowed to make a generic version. Although phentermine is the "generic name" of Suprenza, it is not technically a generic version of the drug.

Can I Buy Generic Suprenza?

Suprenza™ (orally disintegrating phentermine) is a prescription medication approved to help with weight loss in certain people who are overweight. It comes as an orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) that dissolves on the tongue.
 
Suprenza is made by Alpex Pharma SA for Akrimax Pharmaceuticals, LLC. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Suprenza from being manufactured in the United States.
 

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The patent for Suprenza is set to expire in July 2018. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
 
However, other circumstances could come up to delay or shorten the exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or patents for new Suprenza uses. Once the patent expires, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Suprenza drug.
 
Phentermine, the active ingredient in Suprenza, is available in generic form as a regular tablet or capsule (see Generic Phentermine). The generic phentermine tablets and capsules that are currently available are taken by mouth and swallowed, rather than dissolved on the tongue like Suprenza.
 

Is Phentermine a Generic Suprenza?

No -- phentermine is the active ingredient in Suprenza, 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.
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