Because Sumavel (sumatriptan injection) is protected by a patent, no generic versions of this medication are available at this time. The first patent is set to expire in July 2014, which is the earliest predictable date that a generic Sumavel product may become available. It is important to note that sumatriptan is the "generic name" of Sumavel; it is not, however, a generic version of the drug.
Can I Buy Generic Sumavel?Sumavel™ DosePro™ (sumatriptan injection) is a prescription drug that belongs to a group of medications known as triptans. It is approved for treating migraine headaches and cluster headaches. The medicine is delivered just under the skin (subcutaneously) using a needle-free injection system.
Sumavel is manufactured by Patheon UK, Ltd., for Zogenix, Inc. It is protected from generic competition by a patent that has not yet expired.
When Will Generic Sumavel Be Available?The first patent for Sumavel currently expires in July 2014. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available. However, other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten the exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for specific Sumavel uses. Once the patent expires, several companies may begin manufacturing a generic Sumavel drug.
Is Sumatriptan a Generic Sumavel?
No -- sumatriptan is the active ingredient in Sumavel (as well as in Imitrex® products and generic Imitrex products), but it is not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that oftentimes, 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 of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.
It is worth noting that none of the Imitrex products (or generic versions) are technically interchangeable with Sumavel, although they may be a more affordable option in some situations.