Axert Generic Overview
Axert is the brand name for almotriptan. That means that the brand was named by the first manufacturer of Axert which was Ortho McNeil Janssen. The branded version of Axert became available in 2001 .Each branded prescription drug also has a generic name, which you will often see in parentheses following the brand name.
When the patent exclusivity for a brand name product expires, often times multiple generic manufacturers will seek approval from the FDA to manufacture and sell generic versions of the branded drug. When a drug like Axert becomes generic it is typical for the generic products to be priced much lower than the branded product. As such, most insurance plans will offer lower patient co-pays for generic drugs, like Axert, than they do for branded drugs
Even though a prescription drug has a generic name, this does not always mean it is available in a generic form at the pharmacy Often prescription medicines are referred to either by their brand name (only one manufacturer holds the exclusive right to make and market the product using the brand name) like Axert or by the generic name in this case, almotriptan.
Are generic drugs the same as brand name drugs?
Generic drugs, (not including Axert which is only available as a branded product) are not exactly the same as the original branded drug, although they are very similar and are widely viewed to be as effective as their branded counterparts. To learn more about the difference between branded prescription medications and generics, visit the Generic versus brand name section.
Is Axert available as a generic?
No. Currently there is no generic version of Axert available for sale because the medication is protected by a patent. The patent will expire in 2015 at which time generic versions of Axert might become available. Once Axert goes off patent, there may be a number of manufacturers who wish to supply generic versions of Axert.
Current available formulations of Axert include:
- Axert 6.25 mg oral tablets
- Axert 12.5 mg oral tablets
Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.