Generic MS Contin
All of the patents for MS Contin (morphine sulfate ER) have expired, and there are currently generic versions of the medication available. The FDA has assigned an "AB" rating to generic MS Contin, meaning this generic medication is equivalent to the brand-name drug. However, generic medications may contain different inactive ingredients (such as fillers or dyes), which may cause problems for people with allergies.
MS Contin® (morphine sulfate ER) is a prescription pain medication. It contains tiny, extended-release pellets that release morphine slowly and evenly throughout the day. It can be taken two or three times a day.
MS Contin is made by Purdue Pharma, L.P. However, it has come off patent and is available as a generic.
Generic MS Contin tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Morphine sulfate ER 15 mg
- Morphine sulfate ER 30 mg
- Morphine sulfate ER 60 mg
- Morphine sulfate ER 100 mg
- Morphine sulfate ER 200 mg.
Generic MS Contin is made by several companies, including:
- Endo Pharmaceuticals
- Ethex Corporation
- Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
- Watson Laboratories.
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 medication, and assigns each generic a rating. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic morphine sulfate ER tablets currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to MS Contin.
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.