Is there a generic version of the pneumococcal vaccine?

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There is no generic version of the pneumococcal vaccine. Because pneumococcal vaccine is made from a weakened version of the bacteria, it contains living cells or organisms. Medicines that have living things in them are called biologics. Currently it is illegal to create a generic biologic. Brand names for the pneumococcal vaccine include Pneumovax-23, Prevnar and Prevnar-13.

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