Currently, generic Vanos (fluocinonide cream) is made by only one company. However, once this company's exclusivity period ends, other manufacturers can make their own version. Generic Vanos is considered equivalent to brand-name Vanos, but it may contain different inactive ingredients, which could cause problems for some people.
Can I Buy Generic Vanos?
Vanos® (fluocinonide cream) is a prescription skin medication used to treat itching and inflammation due to a variety of skin conditions. It is a topical steroid (a steroid that is applied to the skin) that is applied once or twice a day. It comes in the form of a cream.
Vanos is made by Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited for Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation. It is also available in generic form.
Availability of Generic Vanos
The first generic version of Vanos became available in January 2014. It is made by Perrigo and comes in one strength (0.1% cream). It will be the only generic version allowed to be sold in the United States for the first 180 days (six months), after which other generic manufacturers may sell their own versions.
Is Generic Fluocinonide Cream as Good as Vanos?
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 generic version of Vanos currently available has an "AB" rating, meaning it should be equivalent to the brand-name product.
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.
Also, be aware that generic fluocinonide 0.05% cream is not equivalent to Vanos. It is a generic version of Lidex® cream.
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 February 5, 2014.
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