The manufacturer of Lazanda (fentanyl nasal spray) holds the exclusive rights to make this medicine in the United States until June 2014. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic Lazanda may be manufactured. However, lawsuits, other patents for specific uses, or other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten this exclusivity period.
Can I Buy Generic Lazanda?
Lazanda® (fentanyl nasal spray) is a prescription nasal spray that contains the narcotic pain medicationfentanyl. It is approved for the treatment of cancer pain in people who are also taking routine opioid pain medication for their underlying cancer pain.
Lazanda is manufactured by Archimedes Pharma US, Inc. It is currently protected from generic competition by exclusivity rights.
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?
Archimedes Pharma holds the exclusive rights to market Lazanda in the United States until June 2014. 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 specific Lazanda uses. Once the medication goes off-patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Lazanda drug.
Is Fentanyl a Generic Lazanda?
No -- fentanyl is the active ingredient in Lazanda (as well as several other prescription 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 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
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 July 19, 2011.
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