If your healthcare provider prescribes Actiq® (fentanyl lozenge) for your breakthrough cancer pain, you may be wondering if there is a generic version available. All of the patents for this pain medication have expired, and generic Actiq lozenges are available at this time.
Generic Actiq, sold under the name fentanyl lozenge, is available in all of the same strengths as the brand-name drug. This generic product is made by several different companies, including:
Danbury Pharmacal, Inc.
Mallinckrodt Brand Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that all of the generic versions of Actiq currently available are equivalent to Actiq. 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.
(Click Generic Actiq for more information, including how the FDA determines whether a generic is as good as the brand-name drug.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Actiq [package insert]. Salt Lake City, UT: Cephalon, Inc.;2009 November.
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 January 7, 2010.
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