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Generic Zelboraf

Patents and exclusivity rights for Zelboraf (vemurafenib) prevent any generic versions of the drug from being manufactured at this time. After the first patent expires in October 2026, it is possible that generic versions could be made. However, things like lawsuits or other patents for new uses of the drug could delay the production of a generic version.

Can I Buy Generic Zelboraf?

Zelboraf™ (vemurafenib) is a prescription medication approved to treat melanoma, a type of skin cancer. It is used when melanoma cannot be treated with surgery or has spread to other parts of the body (metastasized).
Zelboraf is made by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., for Genentech USA, Inc. Generic Zelboraf is not available at this time because the drug is protected from generic competition by patents and exclusivity rights that have not yet expired.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The first patent for Zelboraf is set to expire in October 2026. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
However, other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for new Zelboraf uses. Once the drug goes off-patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Zelboraf drug.

Is Vemurafenib a Generic Zelboraf?

No -- vemurafenib is the active ingredient in Zelboraf, 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 must make the product.
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