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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 harry blanchette, Community Member, asks

Q: is there a generic for Forteo SubQ

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12/30/08 12:47pm

Forteo (teriparatide) is an osteoporosis medication available by prescription only. The drug is made by Eli Lilly and Company, and is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Forteo from being manufactured in the United States.


The first patent for Forteo currently expires in December 2018. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version of the drug could become available. However, other circumstances could come up to extend the exclusivity period beyond 2018. This could include such things as other patents for specific Forteo uses or lawsuits. Once the patent expires, several companies will likely begin manufacturing generic Forteo products.


Teriparatide is the active ingredient in Forteo, but not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that, oftentimes, the active ingredient of any 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 of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.


Best of luck.   - MG


JR, Community Member
2/29/12 2:47pm

Unfortunity the greedy company that makes forteo and that has the exclusive rights to sell this medication has made the price to purchase this drug completely outragious.

Pam Flores, Health Guide
3/ 1/12 12:57pm

JR, it is a shame that Forteo is so expensive!  I took it for 2 years and the price "was" the biggest obstacle, not the injection.

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By harry blanchette, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/01/12, First Published: 12/30/08