Currently, GlaxoSmithKline holds exclusive rights to make and sell Advair in the United States. There are so many different Advair patents listed with the FDA, it's hard to predict when a generic Advair will become available. To make matters more confusing, it is likely that legal battles could affect when a generic version becomes available.
Advair is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Currently, the company holds the exclusive rights to make and market Advair in the United States.
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?
Because there are many different patents for Advair listed with the FDA, it is difficult (probably impossible) to accurately predict when a generic version may become available. As is common with popular brand-name medications, there will likely be one or more legal battles concerning the generic availability of Advair. It is simply too early to even guess when a generic may be available.
Is Fluticasone and Salmeterol a Generic Advair?
The answer is no. Fluticasone and salmeterol are the active ingredients in Advair (and other medications), but they are not a generic version of Advair.
What can be confusing is that, oftentimes, the active ingredient of a drug is referred to as its "generic name." But the generic name of a medicine is different from a generic version of it. In order for there to be a generic version of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off patent and another company (besides the original manufacturer) must have made the product.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Advair Diskus [package insert]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline;2010 June.
Advair HFA [package insert]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline;2010 June.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed August 13, 2009.
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