Relpax Generic: an introduction
Relpax is the brand name for eletriptan. That means that the brand was named by the first manufacturer of Relpax which was Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. The branded version of Relpax became available in 2002. 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 Relpax 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 Relpax, 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 Relpax or by the generic name in this case, eletriptan.
Are generic drugs the same as brand name drugs?
Generic drugs, (not including Relpax 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 Relpax available as a generic?
No. Currently there is no generic version of Relpax available for sale because the medication is protected by a patent. The patent will expire in 2016 at which time generic versions of Relpax might become available. Once Relpax goes off patent, there may be a number of manufacturers who wish to supply generic versions of Relpax.
Current available formulations include:
- Relpax 20 mg oral tablets
- Relpax 40 mg oral tablets
How Widely Used is Relpax?
Relpax is part of a class of drugs (triptans) that are commonly used to treat migraine.
Each year, millions of prescriptions are written for Relpax in the US. Relpax has been on the market in the US since 2002.
Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.