Generic Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo
There are currently no generic Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo products available on the market. A generic version was briefly launched by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, but due to a lawsuit, the company was forced to stop selling it. At this time, the earliest predictable date that a generic could become available is December 31, 2015.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo® (norgestimate/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, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo contains a relatively low dose of hormones.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo is made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. It is currently under the protection of patents that prevent any generic Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo from being manufactured in the United States.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries briefly launched a generic version of this medication (sold under the name Tri-Lo Sprintec™) but was forced to stop selling this product during a lawsuit. Teva and Janssen have settled the lawsuit which will allow Teva to beginning selling Tri-Lo Sprintec On December 31, 2015. At this time, this is the earliest predictable date that a generic could become available. Janssen and Watson Pharmaceuticals have a similar agreement as well, which will allow Watson to sell a generic version on the same date.
Each insurance company is different. There has been a long history of insurance companies not covering contraceptive products, although this is beginning to change. Because Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo is not available in a generic form, you may have to pay a higher copayment if your insurance company covers it.