Who Makes Asacol?

In 2013, Asacol 400 mg tablets were removed from the market and replaced with Delzicol 400 mg capsules. Please see Delzicol for up-to-date information.  
Asacol® (mesalamine) is a prescription medication licensed to reduce inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis. There is only one form and strength of Asacol -- 400-mg delayed-release tablets.
Who makes this drug? Asacol is manufactured by Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals. At this time, Asacol is protected by patents that prevent any other company from making a generic version of this drug. However, if you search the Internet for "generic Asacol," you will find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines could be fake and/or potentially dangerous -- anything claiming to be "generic Asacol" should be avoided until an approved generic is available.
The patent for Asacol currently expires in July 2013. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version of Asacol could become available.
(Click Asacol to learn more about this drug, with information on who can take it, general safety precautions, and what to expect during treatment.)
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