Generic Ziagen

There is now a generic version of Ziagen (abacavir sulfate) available. It comes in the form of 300-mg tablets and is made by various companies. The FDA has given this generic product an "AB" rating, which means it is considered equivalent to brand-name Ziagen.

Generic Ziagen: An Overview

Ziagen® (abacavir sulfate) is a prescription medication used to treat HIV and AIDS. It belongs to a class of medications known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Ziagen is approved to be used only in combination with other HIV medications.
Brand-name Ziagen is made by GlaxoSmithKline. However, it is also available in generic form.

Availability of Generic Ziagen

Generic Ziagen is available in one strength -- Abacavir 300 mg tablets. It is made by various manufacturers, such as:
  • Apotex Corp.
  • Aurobindo Pharma Limited
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Ziagen oral solution is not yet available in generic form. It is unclear when the oral solution might be available in generic form.

Is Generic Abacavir as Good as Ziagen?

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. The approved generic version of Ziagen currently available has an "AB" rating, meaning it should be equivalent to Ziagen.
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.

Ziagen Drug Information

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