Generic Omontys

Companies are not allowed to make a generic Omontys (peginesatide) product until certain patents for the drug expire. The first patent is expected to expire in May 2024. However, lawsuits or other circumstances could change this expiration date. Although peginesatide is considered a generic name for Omontys, it is simply the active ingredient in the drug and is not a generic version of it.

In February 2013, Omontys was pulled from the market (all of the product was recalled) to investigate reports of dangerous allergic reactions, including fatal anaphylactic reactions, which appear to be occurring more frequently than anticipated. This medication will not be available until further notice.

Can I Buy Generic Omontys?

Omontys® (peginesatide) is a prescription medication used to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney disease. It is a long-acting medication that is given just once every four weeks.
Omontys is jointly marketed by Affymax, Inc., and Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. This medication is protected from generic competition by patents that have not yet expired.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The first patent for Omontys is set to expire in May 2024. 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 Omontys uses.

Is Peginesatide the Same as Generic Omontys?

No -- peginesatide is the active ingredient in Omontys, 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. Some Web sites, publications (especially medical journals), healthcare providers, and pharmacies refer to all medications by their "generic names," regardless of generic availability; this does not necessarily mean a generic is available.

Omontys Medication Information

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