There are currently no generic PreCare products available. This is because the FDA does not have to approve prenatal vitamins or assign them an "equivalency rating." As a result, it is not known if a generic prenatal vitamin is equivalent to brand-name products. However, your pharmacist may substitute a generic prenatal vitamin for PreCare if the state laws allow it (and if your healthcare provider approves).
Generic PreCare: An OverviewPreCare Premium™ and PreCare® Chewables are prenatal vitamins specifically designed for pregnant women. These particular prenatal vitamins are available only with a prescription.
(PreCare is no longer being manufactured and should no longer be sold in the United States. Please consult your healthcare provider for further information.)
PreCare products are manufactured by Ther-Rx Corporation. There are no generic versions of PreCare products available.
Issues With Generic Prenatal VitaminsGeneric prenatal vitamins present an interesting technical problem. Because prenatal vitamins do not need FDA approval, they 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 product 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 PreCare prenatal vitamins).
However, depending on state laws (and how your healthcare provider writes your prescription), your pharmacist may substitute a generic prenatal vitamin that has the exact same ingredients (in the same amounts) as the brand-name product.