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Generic Extavia

No generic versions of Extavia (interferon beta-1b) are available at this time. This is because the drug is considered a "biologic" medicine, and current laws do not allow generic biologics to be manufactured. Unless these laws and rules are changed, this medication may never be available in generic form.

Is a Generic Version of Extavia Available?

Extavia® (interferon beta-1b) is a prescription medication that belongs to a group of drugs known as interferons. It is approved for treating multiple sclerosis.
Extavia is manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Technically, Extavia is considered a "biologic" and is, therefore, under different rules and laws than most other medications. At this point, current laws and regulations do not allow generic biologics (including generic Extavia) to be made.

When Will Generic Extavia Be Available?

This is a difficult question to answer. Unless the laws and rules are changed, generic Extavia may never be available. However, these rules and laws likely will be changed in the future. Right now, it is impossible to predict when a generic version of Extavia may become available.

Is Extavia a Generic Betaseron?

Both Betaseron® and Extavia are brand-name interferon beta-1b products. They are made by the same manufacturer and approved for exactly the same use. However, they are marketed by different companies. Neither product is a generic version.
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