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List of drug patents expired in 2018

Major medicines loosing patent protection in 2018, check the full list of drugs with Brand name which loosing it's intellectual property.

The Generic drugs industry is one of the most fastest growing industries of the century. Valued at apx USD 200 Billion in 2015, the global market for generic drugs is expected to reach near to USD 380 Billion by 2021, according to a report published by Zion Market research. In this article we will give you detailed List of drug patents expired in 2018 with its use and patent owner company names.

In the United States alone, Generic drug market is a multi-billion dollar industry, with generic drugs accounting for the majority of the total prescriptions dispensed in the US.

A major reason behind the growth of the generic drug market is expiring high valued drug patents, which opens up paths for pharmaceutical companies to manufacture the generic version of the original product.

However, manufacturing generic medicines is a challenge on its own as companies need to be careful to avoid infringing on patents around the drug. To avoid such issues, it is important to conduct a drug study before coming into manufacturing the generic variant.

As of 2019, a lots of generic drugs are expected to hit the market as some major patented drugs are expired in 2018. But manufacturing generics around some of these patents may be a real challenge given the exclusivity around these patents.

Below listed are 26 drugs whose patents are already expired in 2018.

1Acanya GelBenzoyl peroxide/ClindamycinDow PharmaceuticalsJuly 1, 2018
2AdcircaTadalafilEli LillyMay 21, 2018
3Ampyra DalfampridineAcorda TherapeuticsJuly 30, 2018
4Apidra Insulin glulisineSanofi-AventisJune 2018
5Cialis  TadalafilEli LillySeptember 27, 2018
6FentoraFentanylCephalonMarch 26, 2019
7FinaceaAzelaic acidBayer HealthCareNovember 18, 2018
8Follistim Follitropin betaMerck Sharp & Dohme B.V.January 14, 2018
9FortestaTestosteroneEndo Pharmaceuticals IncNovember 9, 2018
10Levitra/StaxynVardenafilMay & Baker PharmaceuticalsOctober 31, 2018
11LexivaFosamprenavirViiV HealthcareJune 2018
12LotronexAlosetronSabela PharmaceuticalsOctober 5, 2018
13Lyrica PregabalinPfizerDecember 30, 2018
14MakenaHydroxyprogesteroneAmag PharmaceuticalsFebruary 3, 2018
15PromactaEltrombopagNovartisOctober 30, 2018
16RapafloSilodosinAllerganDecember 1, 2018
17RemodulinTreprostinilUnited TherapeuticsJune 26, 2018
18Sensipar tablet CinacalcetAmgenMarch 8, 2018
19SpirivaTiotropiumBoehringer IngelheimJuly 30, 2018
20Symbicort Budesonide/FormoterolAstraZenecaSeptember 9, 2018
21TekamloAliskirenNovartisJuly 21, 2018
22Tekturna HCTAliskiren/HctzNorden PharmaceuticalsJuly 21, 2018
23TikosynDofetilidePfizerOctober 9, 2018
24TreximetNaproxen/SumatriptanPernix TherapeuticsFebruary 14, 2018
25TyvasoTreprostinilUnited TherapeuticsNovember 13, 2018
26VesicareSolifenacinAstellas PharmaOctober 19, 2018

What are the uses of these medications?

Acanya Gel – This drug is prescribed for the treatment of moderate and mild inflammatory breakouts and severe cases of acne.
Adcirca – Adcirca is used for people suffering from pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). This medicine is an approved therapy that enables the reduction of symptoms of PAH while increasing the exercising abilities of patients.
Ampyra – Ampyra has been approved by the USFDA to help patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) in walking.
Apidra – It is an injection which consists of insulin glulisine. As all we know, insulin is a hormone that helps in lowering the levels of glucose in the body.
Cialis – It is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (impotence) and benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate).
Fentora – Being an opioid pain medication, This tablet are used for the treatment of “breakthrough” cancer pains which cannot be controlled with the help of other medications.
Finacea – By helping remove the bacteria which causes acne and rosacea, It is used for the treatment of mild and moderate rosacea, which is a skin condition that causes red eruptions, primarily on the nose and on the cheeks.
Follistim – This drug is used for the treatment of fertility-related problems that occur in both women and men.
Fortesta – It is prescribed for the treatment of several conditions in men which stem from the lack of natural testosterone.
Levitra/Staxyn – Vardenafil is prescribed to patients suffering from sexual function problems (impotence or erectile dysfunction-ED)
Lexiva – It can be Used to prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from multiplying in the human body.
Lotronex – It is used for the treatment of severe, chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), primarily occurring in females.
Lyrica – Lyrica is used as an anticonvulsant for many patients. This medicine functions by slowing down impulses in the brain which are responsible for the occurrence of seizures.
Makena – The drug is used to lower the risk of premature birth in women who have already suffered the loss of a premature baby.
Promacta – This medication is used for the prevention of bleeding episodes, for example, people suffering from chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), which is a bleeding condition caused because of the lack of platelets in the blood.
Rapaflo – This medicine is used to improve urination in men suffering from an enlarged prostate.
Remodulin – Remodulin decreases the amount of blood clotting that takes place in the body.
Sensipar tablet – This medication is used for the treatment of hyperthyroidism, which is a condition related to the overactive functioning of the parathyroid glands in the body.
Spiriva – Spiriva is used to prevent bronchospasm (narrowing airways in the lungs) in case of adults suffering from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which includes bronchitis and emphysema.
Symbicort – It is Used for the treatment of bronchospasm for people suffering from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.
Tekamlo – Tekamlo is used for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).
Tekturna HCT – It is used for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).
Tikosyn – Tikosyn is a medication used for restoring the regular heart rhythm of an individual.
Treximet – Acts as NSAIDs, and used for the treatment of migraine headaches.
Tyvaso – It is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
Vesicare – This medicine is used to treat symptoms related to an overactive bladder.


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