Generic Linzess

At this time, Linzess (linaclotide) is unavailable in generic form. The earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available is January 2024, when the first patent is set to expire. Although linaclotide is sometimes called the "generic name" of Linzess, it is simply the active ingredient in the medication and not a generic version of it.

Can I Buy Generic Linzess?

Linzess™ (linaclotide) is a prescription medication used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation and chronic idiopathic constipation (constipation without a known cause).
 
This medication is made by Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and marketed by Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The drug is protected from generic competition by patents and exclusivity rights that have not yet expired.
 

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The first patent for Linzess is set to expire in January 2024. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
 
However, other circumstances could come up to delay or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for new Linzess uses. Once the patent expires, several companies may begin manufacturing a generic Linzess drug.
 

Is Linaclotide a Generic Linzess?

No -- linaclotide is the active ingredient in Linzess, not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that the active ingredient of a drug is often 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, the original medicine must have gone off-patent, and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.
 

Linzess Medication Information

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