There are now generic versions of Entocort EC (budesonide EC) available on the market. The generic versions come in the same strength as the brand-name drug (3-mg capsules) and are made by companies such as Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The FDA has assigned the generic versions an "AB" rating, which means they are considered equivalent to brand-name Entocort EC.
Entocort® EC (budesonide EC) is a prescription medication used to treat Crohn's disease. It belongs to a group of medications known as corticosteroids.
Brand-name Entocort EC is made by AstraZeneca and distributed by Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. However, the medication is also available in generic form.
Generic Entocort EC is available in one strength -- Budesonide EC 3 mg capsules. It is made by manufacturers such as:
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc.
The version made by Par is actually an "authorized generic," meaning that it is the actual brand-name medication that is just repackaged and sold under a generic name. It is exactly the same as Entocort EC in every way (it is even made by AstraZeneca), except it comes in a bottle with a generic name.
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 a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic versions of Entocort EC currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Entocort EC.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.