Generic Alrex

At this time, there are no generic Alrex (loteprednol etabonate) products licensed for sale. It is unclear when a generic version will be introduced, especially since the first patent for the drug has already expired.

Is a Generic Version of Alrex Available?

Alrex® (loteprednol etabonate) is a prescription eye drop approved for the treatment of eye allergies (known medically as allergic conjunctivitis). It is a corticosteroid ("steroid").
Alrex is manufactured by Bausch & Lomb Incorporated. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Alrex from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will Generic Alrex Be Available?

The first patent for Alrex expired in September 2012. However, no generic versions are yet available. This strongly suggests that one or more later-expiring patents are still protecting the drug from generic competition.
The next Alrex patent is set to expire in April 2014. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version of Alrex could become available. However, there are other circumstances that could come up to extend or shorten the exclusivity period of Alrex. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for specific Alrex uses. Once the product goes off patent, there may be several companies that will manufacture a generic Alrex drug.

Is Loteprednol a Generic Alrex?

The answer is no. Loteprednol etabonate is the active ingredient in Alrex but is not a generic version of the medication. 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.
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