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Generic Zyclara

There is no generic Zyclara (imiquimod cream) available at this time. The first patent is expected to expire in December 2029, which would be the earliest date that a generic version might become available. However, certain circumstances, such as lawsuits or other patents for new uses of the drug, could change this date.

Can I Buy Generic Zyclara?

Zyclara® (imiquimod cream) is a prescription medication approved to treat actinic keratosis, a condition that causes precancerous skin lesions. It is also approved to treat genital warts and perianal warts. It comes in two different strengths: 2.5% and 3.75%.
Zyclara is made by 3M Health Care Limited for Medicis, The Dermatology Company. There are no generic versions of Zyclara available at this time.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The first patent for Zyclara is set to expire in December 2029. 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 Zyclara uses.
Other patents for imiquimod (Zyclara's active ingredient) in a higher strength (Aldara®) have expired, and Aldara is available in generic form.

Is Imiquimod a Generic Zyclara?

No -- imiquimod is the active ingredient in Zyclara (as well as Aldara and generic Aldara), but it is not a generic version 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.

Zyclara Medication Information

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