All of the generic versions of Cutivate Ointment (fluticasone propionate ointment) available have an "AB" rating, which means they are considered equivalent to the brand-name product, aside from a few minor differences. You can obtain this product in different sizes -- the one you should use depends on how long your treatment is expected to last.
Can I Buy Generic Cutivate Ointment?
Cutivate Ointment® (fluticasone propionate ointment) is a prescription skin medication used to treat a variety of skin conditions. It is a topical steroid (meaning it is applied to the skin) that is used twice a day. It is approved only for use in adults.
Brand-name Cutivate Ointment is made by PharmaDerm. However, it is also available in generic form.
Forms of Generic Cutivate Ointment
Generic Cutivate Ointment is available in one strength -- Fluticasone Propionate 0.005% ointment. It is made by various manufacturers, including Perrigo and Fougera. It comes in a variety of package sizes, from very small tubes to rather large ones.
If you are using the drug for a short period, you will probably need just a small tube. However, if you are treating an ongoing condition, a larger tube may be more economical.
Is Generic Fluticasone Propionate Ointment Just as Good?
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 versions of generic fluticasone propionate ointment currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Cutivate Ointment.
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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob. Accessed August 24, 2011.
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