Generic Proquin XR

The earliest possible date that any generic Proquin XR (ciprofloxacin hydrochloride) products could become available is September 2016, when the patent for the medication expires. However, certain circumstances may arise that can extend or shorten the exclusivity period. Cipro XR and Proquin XR are not interchangeable, as they contain different formulations of the active ingredient.

Can I Buy Generic Proquin XR?

Proquin® XR (ciprofloxacin hydrochloride) is a prescription antibiotic medication licensed to treat bladder infections, medically known as cystitis. It belongs to a group of medications called fluoroquinolones, or "quinolones" for short.
Proquin XR is manufactured by Depomed, Inc. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic versions of Proquin XR from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The first patent for Proquin XR currently expires in September 2016. This is the earliest predictable date that generic Proquin XR could become available.
However, other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten the exclusivity period. This could include things such as lawsuits or other patents for specific Proquin XR uses. Once the patent expires, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Proquin XR drug.

Is Ciprofloxacin a Generic Proquin XR?

No -- ciprofloxacin is the active ingredient in Proquin XR, but is not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that the active ingredient of any 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.

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