When will Cymbalta go generic?


Answer by Warren J. on Dec 14 2008

Trade Name CYMBALTA Applicant LILLY

Ingredient DULOXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Active Rx / Discontinued RX Dosage CAPSULE, DELAYED REL PELLETS; ORAL Strength EQ 20MG BASE
Approval Date Aug 3, 2004 TE RLD No
Patent Number 5,023,269 Expiration Date Jun 11, 2013
Use TREATMENT OF GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
Exclusivity Expiration Nov 28, 2010
Use REVISIONS TO PROVIDE FOR RESULTS OF MAINTENANCE DATA IN ADULT PATIENTS WITH MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER
Exclusivity Expiration Feb 23, 2010
Use GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD)
Exclusivity Expiration Sep 3, 2007
Use DIABETIC PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHIC PAIN
Exclusivity Expiration Aug 3, 2009
Use NEW CHEMICAL ENTITY

Duloxetine (Cymbalta) in Brief
Active ingredient: Duloxetine hydrochloride
Common brand names: Cymbalta, Xeristar, Yentreve
Drug class: Antidepressant, Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor
FDA Approved: August 3, 2004
Patent expiration date: June 11, 2008
Chemical Formula: C18H19NOS-HCl
Legal status: Prescription only
Pregnancy Category: C
Habit forming? No
Originally discovered: 1988, Eli Lilly & Company, USA

Eli Lilly and Company has brought at least four lawsuits seeking to prevent generic pharmaceutical companies from marketing imitations of the antidepressant Cymbalta®. The suits accused Sandoz Inc., Impax Laboratories Inc., Wockhardt, and Cobalt Laboratories Inc. of patent infringement. Eli Lilly, represented by Finnegan, asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana to declare its patent valid and enforceable until the expiration date in June 2013.

Generic Cymbalta?

Ok i have been through atleast 9 diffrent meds and Cymbalta is the only one that has ever worked for me. With my new insurance if i buy generic Cymbalta i can get it for free, but i want to hear from other users who have used normal cymbalta and generic cymbalta and if so what diffrences did you notice or did it work just as well as non generic?? Only people who have used both versions of cymbalta please reply to this. there is a generic

As far as I know there is no generic for Cymbalta, Lilly still holds that patent, that's why it is so expensive.

is there now a generic available for cymbalta?

I am looking for a generic of the drug cymbalta is there one available

I love cymbalta! My depression is fairly mild overall, but it allows me to function while not becoming an emotional drone. Brand Lilly Cymbalta is horribly expensive. MY copay was $400.00 after ins. for 90days. Having to exchange to generic cymbalta (Duloxetine) because of this. It is absolutely the same medicine, I have been on it for 2 years now. I purchase generic cymbalta through reputable canadian online pharmacy.
http://www.pompharmacy.com/buy-cymbalta-usa.html

Do they have a generic Cymbalta?

Cymbalta is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Cymbalta from being manufactured in the United States. Yet, if you search the Internet for "generic Cymbalta," you may find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines are fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous.

Is there a generic available for Cymbalta?

I have just been prescribed Cymbalta for my migraines/depression/anxiety. I was taking Prozac before this which is available in generic form.Is Cymbalta available in generic form? I am not getting it filled just yet because I have 2 weeks worth of samples.

I agree with Elain no generic yet. I did check the Lilly site and they do give help on costs.

Does anyone know if there is a generic form of Cymbalta?

I just changed from Celexa to Cymbalta. I have health insurance but the copay is still $50, which I think is ridiculous. I would like to keep taking Cymbalta, but I am a college student and cannot afford that much every month on top of the rest of my bills.

I don't think there is a generic available yet. I think the patent hasn't had time to expire yet, it's a fairly new drug.

Oh I found this on the web:

A patent currently prohibits any generic Cymbalta from being manufactured and sold in the United States. However, there are places claiming to sell a "generic Cymbalta," but be advised that these medications are fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. The earliest date that a generic version of Cymbalta could become available is in 2013, when the patent expires.

Also, you could ask for a different drug from your dr. that is available in generic, like effexor or paxil.

You could call and bitch out yer insurance, see if they will cover more. You can call the company that makes Cymbalta and tell them you need help and you can't afford the drug if they consider you low-income and unable to pay the full amount.

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