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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Generic Suboxone? Don't get your hopes up.

UPDATE (Feb. 2011)

Months ago, I discussed the 2009 release of a generic to Subutex which is now available by 2 companies. I had expected a Suboxone combination generic to be on the market by now, as the exlusive patent had expired. With the release of the new Film product, the situation has become unclear and I feel the need to clarify any misleading information.

After the release and seubsequent success of Suboxone Film, the status on any upcoming generics for Suboxone combination tablets remains ambiguous. According to many Doctors, it is not likely that a generic will be released any time soon; however the logic behin that statement is unknown to me. What we do know is that Reckitt Benckiser has a NEW patent for the Film product, which will not expire for a while now. The company has also heavily discouraged use of the tablet form of Suboxone, and pushing the Film form as superior, with less risk of diversion and misuse (which was never really a problem anyway).

Obviously, the company would like to scar the reputation of the tablet form, as any generic version represents a threat to sales; however Suboxone Film largely alleviates this concern, serving as a future source of 'damage control' for any potential losses resulting from a generic combination product.

If anyone knows whether Reckitt has extended the patent for the original Suboxone Tablet, please comment the blog or contact me with a cited source.

1 comment:

  1. Since they have the sublingual film, the patent was extended. However, I do not have the information for it's expiration date. I know Roxane sells a generic brand. However, since it isn't a 3:1 ratio of buprenorphine:naloxone, doctors are refusing to prescribe it. What's worse, generic 8mg buprenorhine tablets (subutex) are available at Walgreens and cost half the price.