Generic Amevive

Amevive (alefacept) is considered a "biologic" medication, and the rules and laws surrounding these types of medications prevent generic versions from being made. Until these regulations change, generic versions of Amevive and other biologic drugs will remain unavailable. These laws will hopefully change in the near future.

Can I Buy Generic Amevive?

Amevive® (alefacept) is a prescription psoriasis medication. It is approved for treating plaque psoriasis in adults. The medicine is injected into a muscle (intramuscularly) by a healthcare provider once a week for 12 weeks.
Amevive is manufactured by Astellas Pharma US, Inc. Technically, Amevive is considered a "biologic" and is, therefore, under different rules and laws than most other medications. At this time, current laws and regulations do not allow for generic biologics, including generic Amevive, to be made.

When Will Generic Amevive Be Available?

This is a difficult question to answer. Unless the laws and rules are changed, generic Amevive may never be available. However, it is likely that these rules and laws will be changed in the future, although it is hard to say when this will happen.

Is Alefacept a Generic Amevive?

No -- alefacept is the active ingredient in Amevive, but is 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.

Amevive Medication Information

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