The first patent for Kytril (granisetron) has expired, and now there are generic versions of the drug available. Generic Kytril comes in two forms and is manufactured by a number of companies. The FDA has determined that these generic versions of Kytril are equivalent to brand-name Kytril.
Kytril Generic: An OverviewKytril® (granisetron hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used for the prevention of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy or radiation. An injectable form of Kytril is also available for the prevention of nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy or surgery.
Kytril is made by Roche Pharmaceuticals. However, the first patent for Kytril has expired, and generic versions of Kytril are now available.
Strengths of Generic Kytril
Generic Kytril comes in the following strengths and forms:
- Granisetron 1 mg tablets
- Granisetron 1 mg per 1 mL injection.
Generic Kytril is made by numerous different companies, such as:
- Apotex Corp.
- American Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc.
- Barr Laboratories, Inc.
- Baxter Healthcare
- Cypress Pharmaceutical, Inc.
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Orchid Healthcare
- Roxane Laboratories, Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Is Generic Granisetron as Good as Kytril?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" or "AP" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic granisetron versions currently available have an "AB" or "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Kytril.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers or dyes or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.