A patent currently prevents any generic Finacea (azelaic acid gel) from being manufactured in the United States. This patent is set to expire in November 2018, which is the earliest predictable date that a generic version of this drug could become available. However, lawsuits or other patents for specific uses of the drug may delay the manufacturing of a generic product.
Can I Buy Generic Finacea?Finacea® (azelaic acid gel) is a prescription skin medication approved for the treatment of rosacea. It is unlike any other medication used to treat rosacea, and is (at least in that sense) in a class by itself.
Finacea gel is made by Intendis. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Finacea from being manufactured in the United States.
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?The first patent for Finacea is set to expire in November 2018. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version of Finacea 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 Finacea uses.
Is Azelaic Acid a Generic Finacea?No -- azelaic acid is the active ingredient in Finacea (as well as in Azelex® cream, a prescription acne medication), 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.