Generic Therapeutic Alternatives Available alternatives when there’s no generic for your brand-name drug

Patents typically protect brand-name drugs for 17 – 20 years. This means that no generic equivalent can be developed during that time. For brand-name drugs that have no generic equivalent — like Avapro®, Cozaar®, and Protonix® — generic therapeutic alternatives may be available.

Examples of therapeutic alternatives are:


Generic Therapeutic Alternative

Avapro enalapril, lisinopril
Cozaar enalapril, lisinopril
Protonix omeprazole

How Generic Therapeutic Alternatives Work

Although they are not the exact chemical equivalents of the brand-name drugs they replace, generic therapeutic alternatives treat medical conditions in a similar way.

Talk to your doctor to find out if a generic therapeutic alternative could be right for you.