There are generic Aclovate (alclometasone) products available for both the cream and the ointment versions. In fact, the brand-name version of the ointment is no longer made, and it is only available as a generic product. The FDA has determined that these generic versions are as good as the brand-name medication.
Can I Buy Generic Aclovate?
Aclovate® (alclometasone dipropionate) is a prescription skin medication used to treat itching and inflammation due to a variety of skin conditions. It is a topical steroid that is applied to the affected areas of the skin two or three times a day. It comes in the form of a cream and an ointment.
Brand-name Aclovate is made by PharmaDerm. However, the patents for Aclovate have expired, and the drug is now available in generic form. In fact, PharmaDerm has stopped making the brand-name version of Aclovate ointment, and only generic versions are available.
Generic Aclovate is available in one strength: Alclometasone 0.05%, in both cream and ointment form. It is made by various manufacturers, such as Taro Pharmaceuticals and Fougera. Both the cream and ointment come in 45-gram or 60-gram tubes, although some pharmacies are willing to dispense smaller amounts, if your prescription is for a smaller amount.
Is Generic Alclometasone Dipropionate Just as Good?
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 "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication.
All of the generic versions of alclometasone dipropionate currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Aclovate.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. Occasionally, these inactive ingredients can cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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 September 26, 2011.
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