Generic Asacol HD
There are currently no generic Asacol HD products licensed for sale. The medication is under the protection of patents that prevent any companies from manufacturing a generic version of the medicine. The earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available is August 2013, when the first patent expires.
Asacol HD® (mesalamine) is a prescription medication approved for treating ulcerative colitis. It belongs to a group of medications known as aminosalicylates.
This medication is made by Warner Chilcott (US), LLC. It is currently under the protection of patents that prevent any generic Asacol HD from being manufactured in the United States.
The first patent for Asacol HD currently expires in August 2013. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version of Asacol HD could become available.
However, there are other circumstances that could come up to extend or shorten the exclusivity period of the medication. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for specific Asacol HD uses. Once Asacol HD goes off patent, there may be several companies that will manufacture a generic Asacol HD drug.
The answer is no. Mesalamine is the active ingredient in Asacol HD (as well as several other medications) but is not a generic version of the medicine.
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.
There are no other mesalamine products that are equivalent to Asacol HD, including the old Asacol (400 mg) tablets or Delzicol® capsules. It should also be noted that taking two regular-strength (400 mg) Asacol tablets or Delzicol capsules is not equivalent to taking one Asacol HD (800 mg) tablet, since the medications are absorbed differently.