There are no generic Tracleer (bosentan) products available at this time, as this medication is protected by patents that prevent this. After this patent expires in November 2015, however, companies may be able to manufacture a generic version of this drug. Although bosentan is sometimes referred to as the generic name for Tracleer, it is not a generic version.
Can I Buy Generic Tracleer?
Tracleer® (bosentan) is a prescription medication used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs). It can help improve exercise ability in people with the condition and slow down how quickly the condition gets worse.
Tracleer is made by Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc. It is currently protected by a patent that prevents any generic Tracleer from being manufactured in the United States.
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?
The patent for Tracleer is set to expire in November 2015. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
However, other circumstances could come up to delay or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for new Tracleer uses. Once the patent expires, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Tracleer drug.
Is Bosentan a Generic Tracleer?
No -- bosentan is the active ingredient in Tracleer, 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, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.