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Generic Oramorph

At this time, no generic Oramorph SR (morphine sulfate ER) products are available. It is not exactly clear why there are no generic versions of this medication, as there are no patents that would prevent any generic versions from being manufactured. It is important to understand that morphine sulfate ER is the "generic name" of Oramorph SR; it is not considered a "generic version" of the drug.

Generic Oramorph: An Overview

Oramorph® SR (morphine sulfate ER) is a prescription pain medication. It contains tiny, extended-release pellets that release morphine slowly and evenly throughout the day. As a result, this medication can be taken just once or twice a day.
This medication is made by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. At this time, no generic versions of Oramorph SR are available.

When Will Generic Oramorph SR Be Available?

It is not clear when a generic version of Oramorph SR will be available. There are no unexpired patents for this medication. In fact, a similar medication (MS Contin®) is available in generic form. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not consider MS Contin and Oramorph SR to be equivalent. As a result, generic MS Contin is not equivalent to Oramorph SR. Neither MS Contin nor its generics have been shown to release morphine in the exact same way that Oramorph SR does.

Is Morphine Sulfate ER a Generic Version of Oramorph SR?

No -- morphine sulfate ER ("extended release") is the active ingredient in Oramorph SR (as well as in several other medications that are not considered equivalent to Oramorph SR), but is 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.
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