At this time, Gralise (extended-release gabapentin) is not available in generic form. The first patent for this medication is set to expire in September 2016, which is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could be manufactured. Although gabapentin is considered the generic name for Gralise, it is not a generic version of the drug.
Can I Buy Generic Gralise?Gralise™ (extended-release gabapentin) is a prescription medication used to treat postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain that occurs after a case of shingles). It is an extended-release, once-daily version of gabapentin.
Gralise is made by Abbott Laboratories. It is currently under the protection of exclusivity rights that prevent any generic Gralise from being manufactured in the United States.
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?The first patent for Gralise will expire in September 2016. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
However, other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for specific Gralise uses.
Is Gabapentin a Generic Version of Gralise?No -- gabapentin is the active ingredient in Gralise (as well as in Neurontin® and generic versions of Neurontin), but is 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.