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Generic Transderm Scop

Although all of the patents have expired for Transderm Scop (scopolamine patch), a generic version of this drug is not available at this time. It is unclear why this is the case. It may be because the demand for this product is too small to make it profitable for a manufacturer to make a generic Transderm Scop patch.

Can I Buy Generic Transderm Scop?

Transderm Scop® (scopolamine patch) is a prescription medication used to prevent nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness, surgery, or anesthesia.
 
Transderm Scop is made by ALZA Corporation for Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. Although the patents for this medication have expired, it is not available in generic form.
 

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

There are no obvious reasons why this medication is not yet available in generic form. Perhaps the market for this product is too small to make it profitable for any generic manufacturer to go through the expense of applying to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make a generic. Also, patches can be more difficult to make, compared to simpler formulations (like tablets or liquids), and this might deter generic manufacturers.
 
Because it is not entirely clear why no generic versions are available, it is impossible to predict when (if ever) a generic version may become available.
 

Is Scopolamine a Generic Scopolamine Patch?

No -- scopolamine is the active ingredient in Transderm Scop, 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, the original medicine must have gone off-patent, and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.

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