Because Herceptin is considered a "biologic" medication, it is under different rules and laws than most other medications. As a result, generic Herceptin is not available and cannot be manufactured until these laws and rules are changed. However, it is likely that these laws will be changed in the future.
Generic Herceptin: An OverviewHerceptin® (trastuzumab) is a prescription medication used to treat breast cancer and stomach cancer. It is part of a group of medications called monoclonal antibodies.
Herceptin is manufactured by Genentech, Inc. Technically, Herceptin is considered to be a "biologic" medication, and is therefore under different rules and laws than most other medications. At this point, generic biologics, including generic Herceptin, are not allowed to be manufactured.