Migranal Generic : an introduction
Migranal is the brand name for dihydroergotamine mesylate nasal spray. That means that the brand name from the first manufacturer of dihydroergotamine mesylate nasal spray was Migranal. The branded version of Migranal became available in 1997. 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 Migranal 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 Migranal, 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 Migranal or by the generic name in this case, dihydroergotamine mesylate nasal spray.
Are generic drugs the same as brand name drugs?
Generic drugs, (not including Migranal nasal spray 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 Migranal available as a generic?
No. Currently there is no generic version of Migranal available for sale because the medication is protected by a patent. Although the patent held by the manufacturer expired in 2009, there are currently no other companies manufacturing Migranal nasal spray.
Currently available formulations of Migranal include:
- Migranal Metered Nasal Spray, 0.5 mg/Spray (Nasal Inhalation)
How Widely Used is Migranal?
Migranal is a somewhat commonly prescribed migraine medicine used today. Each year, over hundred of thousands of prescriptions are written for Migranal in the United States. Migranal has been on the market in the United States since 1997.
Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.