The painkiller Buprenex (buprenorphine injection) is available in both brand-name and generic form. Generic Buprenex comes in the same strength as the brand-name drug (0.3 mg per 1 mL). However, the generic product comes in vials, while the brand-name product comes in ampules. All of the generic versions currently available have an "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to the brand-name medication.
Can I Buy Generic Buprenex?Buprenex® (buprenorphine injection) is an injectable pain medication approved to treat moderate-to-severe pain. It is a Schedule III controlled substance, which means it has the potential for abuse. There are strict laws and regulations controlling the sale and use of this medication.
Brand-name Buprenex is manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc. However, it has come off-patent and is available as a generic product.
Generic AvailabilityGeneric Buprenex is available in the same strength as the brand-name version -- buprenorphine hydrochloride 0.3 mg per 1 mL. It comes in 1-mL vials, whereas the brand-name version comes in 1-mL ampules. Ampules are small glass containers that are opened by snapping (breaking) the glass at the neck.
Generic Buprenex is made by a few different manufacturers, including:
- Bedford Laboratories
- Hospira, Inc.
Is Generic Buprenorphine as Good as Buprenex?All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns each generic a rating.
An "AP" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic Buprenex versions currently available have an "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to brand-name Buprenex.