What Is the Generic Equivalent of Lantus?

Save

Lantus is a long-acting insulin analog that helps control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. It also can be used with cats. Insulin glargine is the active ingredient in Lantus, produced by Sanofi-Aventis.

Identification

  • Lantus is a synthetic insulin analog rather than actual insulin. It is made through recombinant DNA technology (rDNA) of a non-pathogenic type of bacteria.

Patents

  • A medication can only be sold in a generic version after the original manufacturer's patents expire. The first Lantus patent is set to expire in May 2010, but the company holds additional patents that expire at a later date.

Drug Type

  • Because Lantus is developed from a living organism, it is classified as a biologic.

Regulations

  • As of 2010, U.S. regulations do not allow manufacturers to make generic biologic drugs. This prevents Lantus from being offered in a generic equivalent for the foreseeable future.

Other Biologics

  • Examples of other biologics include vaccines and certain drugs for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.

References

  • Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Steven Depolo
Promoted By Zergnet

Resources

You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

This Is the Beauty Routine of a Yelp Sales Manager

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!