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The patents for Colazal (balsalazide) have expired, and generic versions of the drug are now available. The generic versions are manufactured by three companies and come in one strength: 750 mg. The FDA has given all of them an "AB" rating, which means they are considered equivalent to the brand-name product.

An Overview of Generic Colazal

Colazal® (balsalazide disodium) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat ulcerative colitis. It is part of a group of medications known as aminosalicylates.
Brand-name Colazal is manufactured by Salix Pharmaceuticals. The patents for Colazal have expired, and generic Colazal is currently available.

Who Makes It?

Generic Colazal is sold as Balsalazide Disodium 750 mg capsules and is currently made by the following companies:
  • Apotex Corporation
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Roxane Laboratories.

Is Generic Balsalazide as Good as Colazal?

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 a rating.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic balsalazide versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Colazal.
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.
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