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Generic Anturol

Exclusivity rights are currently in place that prevent any company from making generic Anturol in the United States. These rights are scheduled to expire in December 2014, which is the earliest estimated date that a generic product could become available. However, new patents for specific uses or lawsuits may delay the manufacturing of a generic version of this medication.

Can I Buy Generic Anturol?

Anturol® (oxybutynin gel) is a prescription medication approved for treating an overactive bladder. It is among only a few overactive bladder medications available that are applied to the skin, rather than taken by mouth.
 
Anturol is made by Antares Pharma, Inc. It is currently under the protection of patents that prevent any generic versions from being manufactured in the United States.
 

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The exclusivity rights for Anturol are set to expire in December 2014 (exclusivity rights are like patents, but not exactly the same). This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
 
However, other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for new Anturol uses. Once the drug goes off-patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Anturol drug.
 

Is Oxybutynin Gel a Generic Anturol?

No -- oxybutynin is the active ingredient in Anturol (as well as a few other medications), 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, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.

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