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Generic Tekturna HCT

There are currently no generic versions of Tekturna HCT (aliskiren-HCTZ) available. One of the medications in the drug is still protected by a patent, which prevents generic Tekturna HCT from being manufactured. This patent is set to expire in April 2015, which is the earliest possible date that a generic version could become available. However, lawsuits or patents for specific uses of Tekturna HCT could extend that date.

Generic Tekturna HCT: An Overview

Tekturna HCT® (aliskiren-HCTZ) is a prescription medication approved to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It contains two different medications: aliskiren (Tekturna®) and hydrochlorothiazide (also known as HCTZ or HCT). Hydrochlorothiazide is classified as a diuretic, while aliskiren is classified as a renin inhibitor.
Tekturna HCT is made by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Tekturna HCT from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will Generic Tekturna HCT Be Available?

The first patent for Tekturna HCT (rather, for the aliskiren component of Tekturna) is set to expire in April 2015. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version of Tekturna HCT could become available. However, other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten the exclusivity period. This could include such things as other patents for specific Tekturna HCT uses or lawsuits.

Is Aliskiren-HCTZ the Same as Generic Tekturna HCT?

No -- aliskiren-HCTZ is a "generic name" for Tekturna HCT, not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that, oftentimes, the active ingredient of a drug is 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 of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product. All medications have generic names; not all medications have generic versions available.
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