There are generic versions of Cutivate Cream (fluticasone propionate cream) available at this time. The FDA has determined that generic Cutivate Cream is equivalent to the brand-name version of the drug. However, generic medications can have different inactive ingredients, which may cause problems for people who have certain allergies or sensitivities.
Can I Buy Generic Cutivate Cream?
Cutivate Cream® (fluticasone propionate 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 (a steroid that is applied to the skin) and is applied once or twice a day. It is approved for use in adults and children as young as three months old.
Brand-name Cutivate Cream is made by PharmaDerm. However, it is also available in generic form.
Availability of Generic Cutivate Cream
Generic Cutivate Cream is available in one strength: Fluticasone propionate 0.05% cream. It is made by various different manufacturers, such as Perrigo and Fougera. It comes in a variety of different package sizes. If you are using the drug for a short period of time, you will probably need just a small tube. However, if you are treating an ongoing condition, a larger tube may be more economical.
Is Generic Fluticasone Propionate Cream 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 fluticasone propionate cream currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Cutivate Cream.
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.
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 August 25, 2011.
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