Generic versions of Cymbalta are not allowed to be manufactured and sold in the United States at this time. However, there are places claiming to sell a "generic Cymbalta," but be advised that these medications are fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. The earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available is December 2013.
Cymbalta® (duloxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine used to treat the following conditions:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Peripheral diabetic neuropathy pain (nerve pain in the hands, feet, arms, or legs due to diabetes)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Cymbalta is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Cymbalta from being manufactured in the United States. Yet, if you search the Internet for "generic Cymbalta," you may find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines are fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous.
There may be a generic version of Cymbalta available from another country, but there is really no way of knowing if you are getting genuine Cymbalta or not. You should not buy any generic Cymbalta until there is an approved generic available.
Initially, Eli Lilly had the exclusive rights to market Cymbalta until June 2013 -- this was later extended to December 2013. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version of Cymbalta could become available.
However, there are other circumstances that could come up to extend the exclusivity period of Cymbalta beyond 2013. This could include such things as other patents for specific Cymbalta uses or lawsuits. Once Cymbalta goes off patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Cymbalta drug.