Generic Cedax

There are currently no generic versions of Cedax (ceftibuten) available in the United States. The patent for Cedax capsules has already expired, and it is unclear why this form of the drug hasn't gone generic yet. The patent for Cedax liquid expires in February 2014.

Can I Buy Generic Cedax?

Cedax® (ceftibuten) is a cephalosporin antibiotic that comes in the form of a capsule or an oral suspension (liquid). It is taken once a day for 10 days.
Cedax is made by Schering Corporation for Pernix Therapeutics, LLC. It is not available in generic form in the United States.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

Although the patent for Cedax capsules expired in April 2013, no generic versions are available yet, for unclear reasons. For Cedax liquid, the patent expires in February 2014. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available. 
However, other circumstances could come up to delay or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for new Cedax uses. Once the patent expires, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Cedax drug.

Is Ceftibuten a Generic Cedax?

No -- ceftibuten is the active ingredient in Cedax, 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.
Cedax is a fairly expensive antibiotic. Unless there is a compelling reason for your healthcare provider to prescribe Cedax, other antibiotics may be suitable and much more affordable alternatives.
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