It is unclear when a generic version of Vectical (calcitriol ointment) will become available. The medication is no longer protected by exclusivity rights, but no manufacturers have chosen to make a generic version. This could be due to lack of consumer interest, difficulty associated with making the drug, or other reasons.
Vectical is made by Galderma Production Canada, Inc., for Galderma Laboratories, L.P. It is no longer under the protection of exclusivity rights that prevent any generic Vectical from being manufactured in the United States.
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?
The exclusivity rights for Vectical (which are similar to patents, but not exactly the same) expired in January 2012. However, no generic versions are available, for unclear reasons. Sometimes, no generic manufacturers choose to enter the market for certain products, particularly if there is a very small market for the product or if the product is particularly expensive or difficult to make.
Is Calcitriol a Generic Vectical?
No -- calcitriol is the active ingredient in Vectical (as well as in a few other products), but is 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 of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent, and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.
Vectical is the only version of calcitriol that is approved for topical use (for use on the skin).
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Vectical [package insert]. Fort Worth, TX: Galderma Laboratories, L.P.;2009 March.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed March 8, 2012.
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