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Why are some glaucoma medications not available in a generic version?

All medications available on the market have a generic name.

When a pharmaceutical company first develops a new drug, it gives the drug a generic name (or "chemical name"). The company then gives the drug a brand-name as part of its marketing plan.

The generic version becomes available when the brand-name drug's patent protection expires.

Read more about brand names and generic medications.

Last reviewed on October 29, 2017

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