February 23, 2012

Generic Immunosuppression in Solid Organ Transplantation: A Canadian Perspective


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Over the next few years, patents on all of the currently used oral immunosuppressive medications will expire. There is concern within the transplant community as to whether generic immunosuppressive medications are truly as safe and effective as the original, brand-name versions. In this paper, the evidence comparing brand-name to generic immunosuppressants in transplantation is reviewed, along with a discussion of the regulatory and practical considerations that may arise with generic medications. Recommendations are also made, but are not formal guidelines.

Cardiac Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, Lung Transplantation, Renal Transplantation

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