At this time, there are no generic versions of Crestor available in the United States. Until the patent for Crestor expires in January 2016, other drug companies are not allowed to manufacture any generic versions of the drug. You should not purchase any so-called generic medicines until an approved version actually becomes available, as some of these products may dangerous).
Is a Generic Version of Crestor Available?
Crestor® (rosuvastatin calcium) is a prescription cholesterol medication that belongs to a group of drugs known as statins. It is manufactured by IPR Pharmaceuticals and is marketed and distributed by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.
Crestor is currently protected by a patent that prevents any generic versions from being manufactured. Yet, if you search the Internet for "generic Crestor," you may find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines may be fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. There may be generic versions available from another country, but there is really no way of knowing if you are getting genuine Crestor. You should not buy any generic Crestor until there is an approved version available.
When Will There Be a Generic Crestor?
The first patent for Crestor currently expires in January 2016. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version could become available. However, there are other circumstances that could come up to extend the exclusivity period of the medication beyond 2016. This could include such things as other patents for specific Crestor uses or lawsuits. Once the patent expires, there may be several companies that will manufacture a generic Crestor drug.
Is Rosuvastatin the Same as Generic Crestor?
No, it isn't. Rosuvastatin calcium is Crestor's active ingredient, not a generic version of it. People often refer to a drug's active ingredient as its "generic name." However, a medicine's generic name is different from a generic version of it. 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.