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Generic Betimol

There are no generic Betimol (timolol) products licensed for sale at this time. Although the drug's patent expired in July 2010, no companies have started manufacturing any generic versions. Although timolol is the active ingredient in Betimol, it is not the same thing as a generic version of the drug.

Is a Generic Version of Betimol Available?

Betimol® (timolol) is a prescription eye drop approved for the treatment of glaucoma and high eye pressure. It belongs to a group of medications known as beta blockers and is used once or twice a day.
Betimol is made by Santen Pharmaceutical Co. and is marketed and distributed by VISTAKON Pharmaceuticals, LLC. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Betimol from being manufactured in the United States.

When Will Generic Betimol Be Available?

Although the first (and only) patent listed with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expired in July 2010, it is unclear why generic versions of Betimol are not yet available. Therefore, it is difficult (if not impossible) to predict when exactly a generic version will become available.

Is Timolol a Generic Form of Betimol?

The answer is no. Timolol is the active ingredient in Betimol but is not a generic version of the medication. All other timolol medications contain timolol maleate, which is slightly different from just timolol. While there are probably no significant differences between Betimol and generic timolol eye drops, such products are not technically equivalent or interchangeable. If you would like to use a generic timolol eye drop, ask your healthcare provider about switching.
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