Generic Prenate Essential
There are no generic versions of Prenate Essential licensed for sale. This is common with prenatal vitamins, as they do not have equivalence ratings (meaning no generic vitamin is equivalent to any brand-name vitamin). However, your healthcare provider may substitute a generic prenatal vitamin that is similar to brand-name Prenate Essential.
Can I Buy Generic Prenate Essential?Prenate® Essential is a prenatal vitamin available by prescription only. This product is made by Avion Pharmaceuticals. It is not available in generic form at this time.
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 each generic an "equivalence" rating. 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." Because prenatal vitamins do not have equivalence ratings, technically, no generic prenatal vitamin is equivalent to any brand-name prenatal vitamin, including Prenate Essential.