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Generic MenHibrix

Because MenHibrix is a type of "biologic" medicine, it is classified under a different set of regulations than most prescription medications. These laws currently prevent any generic biologic products, including MenHibrix, from being manufactured. However, these laws are beginning to change, and a company may be able to eventually make a generic version of this vaccine.

Is a Generic Version of MenHibrix Available?

MenHibrix® (Hib vaccine and meningococcal vaccine) is a combination product that provides protection against several types of serious infections, such as meningitis, bloodstream infections, and pneumonia, which are caused by certain types of bacteria.
 
MenHibrix is made by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals. There are no generic versions at this time.
 
MenHibrix is a "biologic" medication and is therefore under different rules and regulations than most other prescription medications. In the past, biologic products were largely protected from generic competition. However, regulations are changing to allow manufacturers to make generic versions of biologics.
 

What Are Biologics?

Biologics are medications made from living cells or organisms. These are used to produce complex proteins or molecules, which are then used to make medical products, such as medicines, vaccines, or blood products.
 
Because biologics are made with living cells rather than chemically created like most other prescription medicines, it is not possible for a generic manufacturer to make an identical version of a brand-name biologic product already on the market. Therefore, generic biologics are sometimes called "biosimilars" or "follow-on biologics." Biosimilars are products that are similar enough to a brand-name biologic to have the same effects in the body.
 
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