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There are currently no generic DuetDHA products available. This is because no generic prenatal vitamin has been assigned an "equivalence rating" by the FDA. While there are a number of different prenatal vitamins available, there are no other vitamins that contain the exact same ingredients and in the same amounts as DuetDHA. However, there are a few other prenatal vitamins (both generic and brand-name) that are similar to DuetDHA.

Generic DuetDHA: An Overview

Duet®DHA and DuetDHAec are prenatal vitamins that are only available with a prescription. Prenatal vitamins are specifically designed for pregnant women, although they are also useful for women before and after pregnancy. DuetDHA and DuetDHAec are exactly the same, except that DuetDHAec capsules have a special coating that may reduce stomach upset.
DuetDHA prenatal vitamins are manufactured by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. There are currently no generic versions of DuetDHA products available.

The Problem With Generic Prenatal Vitamins

The issue of generic prenatal vitamins is a confusing and controversial one. Generic prenatal vitamins present an interesting technical problem. Prenatal vitamins do not require FDA approval and are not given "equivalence ratings" by the FDA. Equivalence ratings are used by pharmacists to determine which generic products are considered equivalent to brand-name products. In many states, a pharmacist may not dispense a generic in place of a brand-name medication unless the FDA has rated the products to be equivalent. Because prenatal vitamins do not have equivalence ratings, technically, no generic prenatal vitamin is equivalent to any brand-name prenatal vitamin (including DuetDHA).
However, depending on state laws (and how your healthcare provider writes your prescription), your pharmacist may substitute a generic prenatal vitamin that is similar to the brand-name product. At this time, there are a few other prenatal vitamins (both generic and brand-name) that are similar to DuetDHA.
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