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When Will Generic Alkeran Tablets Be Available?

Alkeran tablets were approved by the FDA prior to 1982, and are no longer protected from generic competition by patents. However, the tablets are still only available as a brand-name product.
Many times, after the patents for a medication expire, one or more generic manufacturers will make a generic version of the medication. At this time, no generic manufacturer has chosen to make a generic version of Alkeran tablets.
It is not entirely clear why a generic manufacturer is not making a generic Alkeran tablet. It could be that the demand for the medication is too small for a generic manufacturer to profit from making a generic version. Because it is unclear why a generic manufacturer has not chosen to make generic a form of Alkeran tablets, it is difficult to predict when, or even if, a generic version will become available.

Is Melphalan a Generic Alkeran?

No -- melphalan is the active ingredient in Alkeran, 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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