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Generic Drug News: Is Generic Enbrel on Hold?

Big generic drug news today, and it’s not good. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis and have been looking forward to Enbrel going generic next year, you may have to wait a little longer. Actually, you may have to wait a lot longer for a generic version of Enbrel to come out. Amgen has announced that it has won a new patent for its blockbuster arthritis drug, which means that there might not be a generic version of Enbrel out until 2028.

Enbrel was due to come off patent next October, and a number of pharmaceutical companies have been gunning to bring out generic versions of Enbrel, including Merck. Although Amgen had been depending on some patent arguments to hold up their patents for another 5 years, we find it more than a little outrageous that Amgen is going to try to hold onto Enbrel for seventeen more years!

According to the the Arthritis Foundation, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, mainly characterized by inflammation of the lining, or synovium, of the joints. It can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function and disability. Considering a thirty-day supply of brand-name Enbrel is currently running almost $1,000, we know this news is devastating to many arthritis patients who were looking for more affordable options. You can be sure we’ll be watching this one to see if Amgen’s shiny new Enbrel patent holds up!

Do you or a loved one use Enbrel to treat arthritis? Tell us about it!

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2 comments to Generic Drug News: Is Generic Enbrel on Hold?

  • My sister-in-law takes embrel and just this month paid out of pocket $987.00 and her Insurance paid $1250.00 so we are looking at $2237?????? I would call that outrageous. When you are living on a fixed income this becomes way to much.

  • Kathie Johnke

    I have been taking Enbrel for many years – I don’t pay for any of it. My insurance picks up 80% of it, and Enbrel support pays the rest. I got all the information from my doctor. Enbrel support co-pay, 1-888-436-2735. Call them and see if they can help you.

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