Frova generic : an introduction
Frova is the brand name for frovatriptan. That means that the brand name from the first manufacturer of frovatriptan was Frova and it was made and marketed by Endo Pharmaceuticals. The branded version of Frova 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 Frova 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 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 Frova or by the generic name in this case, frovatriptan.
Are generic drugs the same as brand name drugs?
Generic drugs, (not including Frova 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 Frova available as a generic?
No. Currently there is no generic version of Frova available for sale because the medication is protected by a patent. The patent will expire in 2013 at which time generic versions of Frova might become available. Once Frova goes off patent, there may be a number of manufacturers who wish to supply generic versions of Frova.
Current available formulations include:
Frova 2.5 mg oral tablets
How Widely Used is Frova?
Frova is part of a class of drugs (triptans) that are commonly used to treat migraine.
Millions of prescription have been written for Frova in the US. Frova has been on the market in the US since 2001.
To see how the popularity of Frova compares to other migraine drugs, visit our “popularity checker” (new name pending)
Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.