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Generic Elidel

There are no generic Elidel (pimecrolimus) products available at this time. The earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available is after the patent for this medication expires in December 2016. Although pimecrolimus is considered a "generic name" for Elidel, it is not a generic version of the drug.

Can I Buy Generic Elidel?

Elidel® (pimecrolimus) is a prescription medication approved to treat the symptoms of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis, commonly called eczema. It can be used in adults and children as young as two years old.
Elidel is made by Novartis Pharma Produktions GmbH for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. It is currently protected by patents that prevent any generic Elidel from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will It Be Available?

The first patent is set to expire in December 2016. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
However, other circumstances could come up to delay this exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for new Elidel uses. Once the patent expires, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic version of the drug.

Is Pimecrolimus a Generic Elidel?

No -- pimecrolimus is the active ingredient in Elidel, 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.

Elidel Medication Information

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