Birth Control Pill Yasmin Goes Generic
Drug Will Be Available by July 1; Generic Version of Yaz Expected in 2011
June 24, 2008 -- The birth control pill Yasmin is about to get a generic
version, and a generic version of the oral contraceptive Yaz is also in the
That news comes from Bayer, the drug company that makes Yasmin and Yaz, and
Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., which will market generic Yasmin and Yaz solely in
Yasmin and Yaz differ slightly in their dose.
Generic Yasmin will launch on or before July 1, 2008. Generic Yaz is
expected on July 1, 2011.
Generic drugs typically cost less than brand-name drugs. Barr
Pharmaceuticals spokesperson Carol Cox tells WebMD by email that while the
company doesn't disclose prices for any of its products, "they certainly sell
at a discount to the brand and those with insurance will pay a generic
Barr had challenged Bayer's patent on Yasmin in court. In March, the U.S.
District Court of New Jersey invalidated Bayer's patent on Yasmin, paving the
way for generic Yasmin.
The FDA approved Barr Pharmaceuticals' generic Yasmin application in May,
Bayer and Barr have reached an agreement under which Bayer will supply Barr
with an authorized generic version of Yasmin by July 1, at the latest, in
exchange for a fixed percentage of the revenues from the sales of generic