The earliest date that generic WelChol could be available is 2014, when the patent for the brand-name prescription drug expires. Don't believe any of the Internet ads for generic WelChol -- these phony medicines may be substandard and potentially dangerous. Until an approved generic version is available, do not buy any so-called generic WelChol.
Generic WelChol: An OverviewWelChol® (colesevelam hydrochloride) is a prescription medication licensed to treat high LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol) in people with high total cholesterol. It is also licensed to help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
WelChol is manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and is currently protected by a patent that prevents any generic WelChol from being manufactured. Yet, search the Internet for "generic WelChol," and you will find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines may be fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. You should not buy any generic WelChol until an approved generic version is available.