Say goodbye to Generic Oracea


A recent ruling from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has put the final nail in coffin of the hopes for the availability of Generic Oracea.

Rosacea sufferers will need to wait until that late 2020’s until the current patents protecting Oracea expire.

Concerted efforts from Amneal Pharmaceuticals and Mylan Inc. have both failed to break the hold of the patents used by Galderma to protect their successful low-dose-doxycycline rosacea treatment.

This is not good news for rosacea sufferers as Oracea has been criticised as being too expensive. Indeed for many rosacea sufferers rosacea prescriptions are beyond affordability.

Supernus, Nestle’s Galderma Win Acne-Drug Patents Ruling

By Susan Decker, Dec 11, 2014

Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SUPN) and Nestle SA’s Galderma unit fended off a challenge to patents on the acne medicine Oracea in the first review of its kind at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent office yesterday rejected arguments by closely held Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC that three patents covered obvious variations of earlier research. The patents expire in 2024 and 2025.

Galderma had earlier won a separate court ruling involving Mylan Inc. that upheld a patent expiring in 2027.

Oracea Alternative

For those wanting to try a low dose doxcycline alternative to Oracea, explore with your doctor the possibility of 50mg generic doxycycline once a day, or even 100mg of generic doxycycline split into 4, taken twice a day.

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3 Reader Comments

  1. Stuart Howard says:

    Oracea in the States is grotesquely expensive. i.e. one month’s supply (that’s one capsule per day) costs close to $600.00.
    I investigated Canadian pharmacies online and asked some friends who get their meds routinely from Canada. I spoke to three pharmacies and only one of them carried Oracea.(I believe the name in Canada may be Apprilon and in England Efracea).
    At any rate, through the pharmacy in British Columbia, Canada, I received 5 months supply for a bit over $200. Quite a difference. The process was incredibly easy: I simply got a prescription from my dermatologist, faxed it to the pharmacy and within 2 hours they called me and we took care of the payment via credit card over the phone. Within 14 days, I received the box with the meds. The best part of this story besides the price was that Oracea actually works for me. Good luck.

  2. KC says:

    Would it be improper for the anove reader to share which pharmacy as there are soooo many scammers out there?

    • Stuart Howard says:

      i have no problem giving you the name and number:
      as i said i got them through a friend and also through my sister via email and phone they are called:


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