There are currently no generic Nicotrol NS (nicotine nasal spray) products available, and this situation is not expected to change until the year 2014 at the earliest. Once the patent protecting this drug expires, provided there are no other outstanding patents or lawsuits, generic versions of Nicotrol NS will likely start being produced.
Can I Buy Generic Nicotrol NS?
Nicotrol® NS (nicotine nasal spray) is a prescription nasal spray that provides a controlled amount of nicotine to the body. This helps reduce symptoms of nicotine withdrawal when quitting smoking, which can help people successfully quit.
Nicotrol NS is made by Pfizer, Inc. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Nicotrol NS from being manufactured in the United States.
When Will Generic Nicotrol NS Be Available?
The patent for Nicotrol NS expires in August 2014. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available. However, other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten the exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or patents for other Nicotrol NS uses. Once the patent expires, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Nicotrol NS medication.
Is Nicotine a Generic Nicotrol NS?
No -- nicotine is the active ingredient in Nicotrol NS, not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that oftentimes, the active ingredient of a drug is 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 medication.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Nicotrol NS [package label]. New York, NY: Pfizer, Inc.;2010 June.
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 March 9, 2011.
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