You can now buy generic Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) in tablet form. The generics are sold in two strengths and are considered equivalent to the brand-name drug. For Suboxone film, exclusivity rights protect this product from generic competition until at least August 2013, when these rights are set to expire.
Can I Buy Generic Suboxone?
Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone) is a prescription medication approved to treat opioid dependence. Suboxone is a Schedule III controlled substance because it has potential for abuse. There are strict laws and regulations controlling its use. It comes as a sublingual tablet or a sublingual film, both of which are dissolved under the tongue.
Brand-name Suboxone is manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The patents for Suboxone tablets have expired, and generic versions are available. For the film, it appears that certain exclusivity rights will protect the drug from generic competition for a while longer.
Availability of Generic Suboxone
Generic Suboxone sublingual tablets are available in the following strengths:
Buprenorphine/naloxone 8 mg/2 mg, which contains 8 mg of buprenorphine and 2 mg of naloxone.
Is Generic Buprenorphine/Naloxone as Good as Suboxone?
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 a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic Suboxone versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Suboxone.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed March 11, 2013.
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