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Because Nestabs is a dietary supplement, rather than a prescription medication, no generic prenatal vitamins are considered equivalent to the brand-name product. This is because dietary supplements do not require approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore, no tests are done to determine whether a generic Nestabs exists or if a generic product would have the same effects as the brand-name vitamin.

Can I Buy Generic Nestabs?

Nestabs® is a prescription prenatal vitamin. Like other prenatal vitamins, it contains a combination of vitamins and minerals designed to provide nutritional supplementation for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Nestabs is made by Women's Choice Pharmaceuticals. Technically, a generic version of Nestabs is not available.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

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 an "equivalence rating" to each one. These ratings are used by pharmacists to determine which generic products are considered equivalent to brand-name products.
However, the FDA classifies prenatal vitamins as dietary supplements, not prescription medications. Dietary supplements do not require FDA approval.
Because prenatal vitamins do not need FDA approval, the FDA does not give them equivalence ratings. As a result, technically, no generic prenatal vitamin is equivalent to any brand-name prenatal vitamin, including Nestabs.

What If My Pharmacy Doesn't Carry Nestabs?

There are many different prenatal vitamins available, and a pharmacy cannot possibly stock every single brand. If your pharmacy does not stock Nestabs, you have a few different options. You could take your prescription to a different pharmacy that carries the vitamin. You could also ask your healthcare provider to prescribe a different prenatal vitamin, or ask your pharmacy to stock Nestabs for you.
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