Generic Noroxin

There are currently no generic Noroxin (norfloxacin) products available. Although all of the patents for this medication have expired, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet granted approval for any company to make a generic version. Although norfloxacin is often called the "generic name" of Noroxin, it is not a generic version of it.

Can I Buy Generic Noroxin?

Noroxin® (norfloxacin) is a prescription antibiotic medication used to treat urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, and prostatitis. It belongs to a group of medications called fluoroquinolones, or "quinolones" for short.
Noroxin is made by Merck & Co., Inc. Although the patents for Noroxin have expired, the drug is not yet available in generic form.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

This is a difficult question to answer. As stated previously, the patents for this medication have expired. It is unclear why there are no generic versions available. In April 2000, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tentatively approved Novopharm Limited's generic version of Noroxin. Usually, a tentative approval becomes a final approval once the patents for the brand-name medication expire.
However, this did not happen with Noroxin. Novopharm's norfloxacin is still listed as tentatively approved with the FDA for unknown reasons.

Is Norfloxacin a Generic Noroxin?

No -- norfloxacin is the active ingredient in Noroxin, 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 of a drug, the original medication must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.
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