There are currently no generic AndroGel (testosterone gel) products available. Although the first patent for AndroGel is not set to expire until March 2021, the manufacturer has agreed to allow Par Pharmaceutical to begin marketing a generic version by February 2016. It is important to note that testosterone gel is the generic name for AndroGel and is not a generic version of it.
AndroGel is made by AbbVie, Inc. It is not available in generic form.
When Will Generic AndroGel Be Available?
The first patent for AndroGel is currently set to expire in March 2021. However, generic AndroGel is expected to become available much sooner (probably by February 2016). This is a result of the settlement of a lawsuit between the maker of AndroGel and a generic manufacturer. The settlement will allow Par Pharmaceutical (a generic manufacturer) to begin marketing generic AndroGel by February 2016.
Is Testosterone Gel the Same as Generic AndroGel?
No -- "testosterone gel" is the generic name for AndroGel, but it is not a generic version of it. All medications have generic names, regardless of whether or not generics are available. 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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