Although the patents for ApexiCon E Cream (diflorasone emollient cream) have expired, no generic versions of this drug are currently available. Technically, ApexiCon E Cream is classified as a generic product by the FDA. However, this skin medicine is marketed and priced as a brand-name drug. There are other creams and ointments available that have the same active ingredient at a more affordable price.
Can I Buy Generic ApexiCon E Cream?
ApexiCon® E Cream (diflorasone emollient cream) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a variety of different skin conditions. It is a topical steroid that is applied to the affected areas of the skin one to three times a day. It comes in the form of an emollient cream, which is more moisturizing than a regular cream and not greasy.
ApexiCon E Cream is made by PharmaDerm. It is not available in generic form at this time.
Is ApexiCon E Cream Really a Brand-Name Drug?
In the most technical sense, ApexiCon E Cream is actually a generic drug. It is listed as such with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, it is marketed and priced as a brand-name drug, and insurance companies are likely to treat it as a brand-name drug.
There are no legal reasons why other generic versions cannot be made, as all of the patents for this medication have expired. It is possible that other companies may choose to make generic versions in the future.
Is Generic Diflorasone Nonemollient Cream Just as Good?
Generic diflorasone cream is available in a nonemollient form. This medication is typically less expensive, compared to ApexiCon E Cream. It may be a good option for people who do not need a highly moisturizing cream. Also, there is a diflorasone ointment available for those who don't mind the greasy feel of ointments.
If you cannot afford ApexiCon E Cream, talk with your healthcare provider about other, more affordable options.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
ApexiCon E Cream [package insert]. Melville, NY: PharmaDerm;2008 January.
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 19, 2011.
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