As a type of dietary supplement, PreferaOB does not have to undergo certain tests by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This means that no studies are done to determine if a generic product is equivalent to the brand-name product. Therefore, technically, no generic PreferaOB products are available at this time.
Can I Buy Generic PreferaOB?
PreferaOB® is a brand of vitamins specially formulated for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive. These vitamins are available only with a prescription.
PreferaOB vitamins are made by Alaven Pharmaceutical, LLC. Technically, a generic version of PreferaOB 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.
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 PreferaOB.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
PreferaOB ONE [package insert]. Marietta, GA: Alaven Pharmaceutical, LLC;2011 October.
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