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Generic Mirena

At this time, Mirena is not available as a generic. Mirena is currently protected by a patent that prevents any generic versions of the medication from being manufactured in the United States. When this patent expires in December 2015, other drug companies can begin manufacturing generic Mirena products. However, lawsuits or other patents for specific uses of Mirena may prevent any generic version of the drug from being manufactured until after 2015.

Is a Generic Mirena Available?

Mirena® is a long-acting intrauterine contraceptive (IUC). It is a small, flexible, plastic device that contains levonorgestrel, a progestin hormone. It can be used to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It is also approved to treat heavy menstrual bleeding.
Mirena is made by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mirena is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Mirena from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will Generic Mirena Be Available?

The first patent for Mirena currently expires in December 2015. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version of Mirena could become available. However, there are other circumstances that could extend or shorten the exclusivity period for Mirena. This could include such things as other patents for specific Mirena uses or lawsuits. Once Mirena goes off patent, there may be several companies that will begin manufacturing generic Mirena products.

Will My Insurance Cover Mirena?

Each insurance company is different. Some insurance companies cover Mirena, while others do not. Contact your insurance representative (or your insurance company directly) to find out if Mirena (and the placement procedure of Mirena) will be covered. Based on changes due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many insurers cover Mirena with no copay at all. 
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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