I don’t know much about this, but I can add some questions to make it more confusing. 😉
From my limited understanding, the only thing that makes Concerta special is its delivery system. Otherwise, it’s just plain old methylphenidate. Right? Meaning it was itself kind of hybrid generic since the drug was nothing new and legal to produce as a generic.
So, does that mean a generic Concerta lives in sort of a legal grey area since the drug itself is already a generic? And how can one have a generic Concerta that doesn’t have the exact same release mechanism? Are there other drugs like this, where the only patented part is the delivery system? And are they covered under the rules as other generics?
The sad part is, I have no reason for getting these answers. 🙂
These are things that keep me up at night . . .