The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given all generic versions of Dovonex an "AT" or "AB" rating, which means they are considered equivalent to the brand-name version, although some slight differences are allowed. All generic versions are available in one strength, and they are made by various manufacturers, such as Fougera and Prasco Laboratories.
Is There a Generic Version of Dovonex?Dovonex® (calcipotriene) is a prescription psoriasis medication. It is an artificial form of vitamin D that comes in the form of an ointment, a cream, and a solution (liquid).
Brand-name Dovonex is manufactured by LEO Laboratories, Ltd., for Warner Chilcott (US), LLC. All forms of Dovonex (the cream, ointment, and solution) are available in generic form. Interestingly, the ointment is available only in generic form (brand-name Dovonex ointment is no longer available).
Forms of Generic DovonexGeneric Dovonex solution is available in one strength -- Calcipotriene 0.005% topical solution -- and is currently made by the following companies:
- Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc.
Generic Dovonex ointment is also available in one strength -- Calcipotriene 0.005% ointment -- and is made by Taro Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Generic Dovonex cream is also available in one strength (Calcipotriene 0.005% cream) and is made by Sandoz, Inc., and Prasco Laboratories.
Is Generic Calcipotriene as Good as Dovonex?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives generic medications certain ratings that help pharmacists and other healthcare providers decide if the generic is equivalent to the brand-name medication.
An "AT" or "AB" rating for skin products means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic calcipotriene versions currently available have an "AT" or "AB" rating, which means that they are considered equivalent to Dovonex.
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.