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Generic Myleran

Although there are no patents or exclusivity rights in place that would prevent companies from making a generic Myleran (busulfan) product, there are no generic versions of this drug available at this time. It is not clear as to why this is the case, although it may be because the demand for this chemotherapy drug is too small to make it profitable.

Can I Buy Generic Myleran?

Myleran® (busulfan) is a prescription chemotherapy medicine used in the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia, a type of blood cell cancer. It comes as a tablet that is taken by mouth once daily.
Myleran is manufactured by Excella GmbH for Aspen Global Incorporated, and distributed by Prasco Laboratories. It is not available in generic form.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

Myleran was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to 1982, making it a relatively older medication. It is not protected from generic competition by patents or exclusivity rights. However, at this time, it is only available as a brand-name product; there are no generic versions of Myleran on the market.
Normally, when a medication is no longer protected by patents, generic manufacturers begin to make generic versions of it. However, at this time, no generic manufacturer has chosen to make generic Myleran.
It is not entirely clear why a generic version of this drug is not being made. It could be that the demand 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 Myleran, it is difficult to predict when, or even if, a generic version will become available.

Is Busulfan a Generic Myleran?

No -- busulfan is the active ingredient in Myleran, 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.
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