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Generic Lo Minastrin Fe

Lo Minastrin Fe tablets are available in brand-name form only. However, after the first patent for the product expires in July 2014, companies may be allowed to manufacture a generic Lo Minastrin Fe product. This date may change if lawsuits or patents for other uses are filed.


Can I Buy Generic Lo Minastrin Fe?

Lo Minastrin™ Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription contraceptive product. It is one of the many oral contraceptives (birth control pills) available. Compared to older birth control pills, Lo Minastrin Fe contains a relatively low dose of hormones. It also has fewer hormone-free days per cycle (only four, instead of the usual seven), which usually causes lighter, shorter menstrual periods.
Lo Minastrin Fe is made by Warner Chilcott Company, Inc. It is currently under the protection of patents that prevent any generic versions from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The first patent for Lo Minastrin Fe is set to expire in July 2014. This patent covers the 24 days of hormones in this product (versus the normal 21 days), as well as in other similar products made by the same company.
Another patent, which is set to expire in April 2019, covers the chewable tablet formulation of the product. Yet another patent, which is set to expire in February 2029, covers the extended estrogen (the two white tablets) in the formulation. It is difficult to guess if the 2019 and 2029 patents will provide significant protection for this drug.
Other circumstances could come up to extend the exclusivity period beyond 2014. This could include things such as lawsuits or other patents for new Lo Minastrin Fe uses. Once this medication goes off-patent, there may be several companies that will begin manufacturing generic versions.
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