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Generic Increlex

Patents currently prevent a company from making a generic version of Increlex (mecasermin). However, after the first patent expires in September 2017, this may change and companies may be allowed to make a generic version of this drug. Although mecasermin is sometimes referred to as the generic name for Increlex, it is not a generic version of the drug.


Can I Buy Generic Increlex?

Increlex® (mecasermin) is a prescription medication approved to treat growth failure in children with low levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). It is given as an injection just beneath the skin (a subcutaneous injection).
Increlex is manufactured by Hospira, Incorporated, for Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. It is currently under the protection of patents that prevent any generic Increlex from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The first patent for Increlex is set to expire in September 2017. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
However, other circumstances could come up to delay or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for new Increlex uses. Once the patent expires, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic version of it.

Is Mecasermin a Generic Increlex?

No -- mecasermin is the active ingredient in Increlex, not a generic version of 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 of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent, and another company besides the original manufacturer would make the product.
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