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Generic Altabax

Because Altabax (retapamulin) is protected by patents, no generic version of this medication is available at this time. The first patent is set to expire in 2018, which is the earliest predictable date that a generic Altabax may be manufactured. It's important to note that retapamulin is the "generic name" not a "generic version" of Altabax.

Can I Buy Generic Altabax?

Altabax® (retapamulin) is a prescription skin antibiotic used to treat impetigo (a common skin infection). It is applied to the skin twice daily for five days. It is the first of a new class of antibiotics known as pleuromutilin antibiotics.
Altabax is made by GlaxoSmithKline. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Altabax from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will Generic Altabax Be Available?

The first patent for Altabax currently expires in October 2018. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available. However, other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for specific Altabax uses. Once the drug goes off-patent, several companies may begin manufacturing a generic Altabax drug.

Is Retapamulin a Generic Altabax?

No -- retapamulin is the active ingredient in Altabax, but it is not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that oftentimes, the active ingredient of a drug is 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 of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.
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