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Generic Berinert

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

It is difficult to say for certain when Berinert will be available in generic form. Even though the regulations are changing to allow manufacturers to make generic biologics, there is still some rulemaking to be done. In addition, once it is possible to make a generic version of Berinert, a manufacturer will have to decide whether it is profitable to do so.
 

Is C1 Esterase Inhibitor a Generic Berinert?

No -- C1 esterase inhibitor is the active ingredient in Berinert, 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.
 

Is Berinert the Same Medication as Cinryze?

Berinert and Cinryze® are both C1 esterase inhibitors. However, they are not the same medication. Although they work the same way in the body, the medications contain different amounts of C1 esterase inhibitor (the active ingredient).
 
One additional key difference is that Cinryze is approved for routine use to prevent hereditary angioedema attacks from occurring. In contrast, Berinert is used on an as-needed basis to treat the attacks once they begin.
 

Berinert Medication Information

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