Generic Prenate DHA
Because the FDA is not required to approve prenatal vitamins, Prenate DHA and other prenatal vitamins are not tested to see if any generic versions are equivalent to the brand-name products. As a result, there is technically no generic Prenate DHA available. However, there are generic prenatal vitamins that are similar to Prenate DHA. Depending on state laws, a pharmacist may substitute a generic prenatal vitamin for Prenate DHA.
Is Generic Prenate DHA Available?Prenate DHA® is a prenatal vitamin that is only available with a prescription. While prenatal vitamins are specifically designed for pregnant women, they are also useful for women before and after pregnancy. In addition to the usual vitamins and minerals, Prenate DHA also contains DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that is important for brain and eye development in the baby.
Prenate DHA prenatal vitamins are manufactured by Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC. There are no generic versions of Prenate DHA products available.
Problems With Generic Prenatal VitaminsThe issue of generic prenatal vitamins is a confusing one. Generic prenatal vitamins present an interesting technical problem. Because prenatal vitamins do not require 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 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 Prenate DHA).
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 Prenate DHA.