At this time, Frova (frovatriptan succinate) is available as a brand-name drug only, despite the fact that its first patent has expired. It's possible that a generic version could be introduced as soon as June 2014, when the next patent is set to expire, barring any lawsuits or other patents for specific uses of the drug.
Can I Buy Generic Frova?Frova® (frovatriptan succinate) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat migraine headaches. Frova is part of a class of migraine medications called 5-HT agonists (or more commonly known as "triptans").
Frova is manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Frova from being manufactured in the United States. However, there may be a generic version of Frova available from another country, but there is really no way of knowing if you are getting genuine Frova or not. Therefore, you should not buy any generic Frova until there is an approved generic available.
When Will the Frova Patent Expire?
The first patent for Frova expired in December 2013. However, no generic versions are available. This suggests that at least one later-expiring patent is still protecting the drug from generic competition. The next patent is set to expire in June 2014. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version of Frova could become available.
However, there are other circumstances that could come up to extend the exclusivity period of Frova beyond 2014. This could include things such as other patents for specific Frova uses or lawsuits. Once Frova goes off patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Frova drug.
Is Frovatriptan a Generic Frova?No, it isn't. Frovatriptan is the active ingredient in Frova, but it is not a generic version of Frova. Often, the active ingredient of a drug is 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, the original medicine must have gone off-patent, and then another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.