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Generic Extina

There are patents currently in place that prevent a company from making a generic Extina (ketoconazole foam) product. However, after the first of these patents expires in October 2018, companies may be allowed to make a generic version of the drug. This date could change, however, if new patents or lawsuits are filed.

Can I Buy Generic Extina?

Extina® (ketoconazole foam) is a prescription skin medication. It is a topical, antifungal medication (an antifungal that is applied to the skin) that is applied twice a day. It is used for treating seborrhea.
 
Extina is made by Stiefel Laboratories, Inc. The drug is protected against generic competition by patents, and no generic Extina products are available in the United States.
 

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The first patents for Extina are set to expire in October 2018. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version of the drug could become available.
 
However, other circumstances could come up to delay or shorten the exclusivity period. This could include things such as other patents for new Extina uses or lawsuits.
 

Is Ketoconazole a Generic Extina?

No -- ketoconazole is the active ingredient in Extina (as well as several other prescription medications), 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.

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