At this time, no generic Apokyn (apomorphine) products are available. The exclusivity rights have expired, so it is unclear why no generic versions have been introduced. Until an approved generic becomes available, do not buy anything claiming to be a generic Apokyn. You may not be getting what you think.
Apokyn Generic: An OverviewApokyn® (apomorphine hydrochloride) is a prescription Parkinson's disease medication. Specifically, it is used to help reverse the symptoms of "off" episodes (periods of muscle stiffness, slow movements, and trouble initiating movements). It is given as an injection just under the skin.
Apokyn is made by Vernalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. At this time, there is no generic Apokyn available.
When Will Generic Apokyn Be Available?
Vernalis Pharmaceuticals held the exclusive rights to market Apokyn until at least April 2011. This was the earliest expected date that a generic version of Apokyn could become available. However, that date has come and gone, and no generic versions are available.
It is unclear why no generic versions are available at this time. Perhaps the market for this medication and the fact that it can be dispensed only through specialty pharmacies make it unprofitable for a generic manufacturer to apply to make a generic version of Apokyn.