Although the patent for brand-name Desoxyn expired long ago, it is only now that a generic version is available on the market. Generic Desoxyn is produced by Mylan, Inc., and comes in a 5-mg strength. The FDA has given the generic version an "AB" rating, meaning it is considered equivalent to brand-name Desoxyn.
Generic for Desoxyn: An Overview
Most people think of methamphetamine as an illegal street drug, but it is also a prescription medication. Desoxyn® (methamphetamine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also approved for the short-term treatment of obesity.
Desoxyn is manufactured by Ovation Pharmaceuticals. The patent for Desoxyn has long expired, but the medication has only recently become available in generic form. A generic version of Desoxyn was approved in April 2010.
Generic Desoxyn Availability
Generic Desoxyn is made by Mylan, Inc. Like brand-name Desoxyn, it comes in only one strength: Methamphetamine 5-mg tablets. Your pharmacy may or may not carry generic Desoxyn (or brand-name Desoxyn), because it is not a commonly prescribed medication.
Is Generic Methamphetamine as Good as Desoxyn?
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. Mylan's generic methamphetamine has an "AB" rating, meaning it should be equivalent to Desoxyn.
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 May 4, 2010.
Mylan, Inc. Mylan Begins Marketing First Generic Version of Desoxyn (4/26/2010). Mylan Web site. Available at: http://investor.mylan.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=463277. Accessed May 4, 2010.
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