At this time, a generic version of ella (ulipristal) is not available. The first patent for this drug is set to expire in February 2030. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version of the drug could become available. It is important to note that ulipristal is the "generic name" for ella, not a generic version of the drug.
Can I Buy Generic Ella?
ella® (ulipristal acetate) is a prescription emergency contraceptive (a "morning after pill"). It is approved to prevent pregnancy when used within 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure.
ella is made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Currently, the drug is protected by patents that prevent any generic versions from being manufactured in the United States.
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?
The first patent for ella is set to expire in February 2030. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version of the drug could become available. However, this could change, depending on many factors, such as lawsuits or additional patents for specific ella uses. Once ella goes off-patent, there may be several companies that will manufacture a generic ella drug.
Is Ulipristal Acetate a Generic Form of Ella?
No -- ulipristal acetate is the active ingredient in ella, but is 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
ella [package insert]. Morristown, NJ: Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;2010 August.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed February 19, 2014.
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