Generic Beyaz

There are currently no generic versions of Beyaz (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol/levomefolate calcium). It is protected by a patent that is set to expire in 2014. After the patent expires, generic versions will likely become available. Although no other drugs are interchangeable with Beyaz, some women choose to take a generic version of Yaz or Gianvi, and supplement with folic acid on their own.

Can I Buy Generic Beyaz?

Beyaz™ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol/levomefolate calcium) is a prescription contraceptive product. It is one of the many oral contraceptives (birth control pills) available.
In addition to preventing pregnancy, Beyaz is approved to treat acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It is the first birth control pill that contains folate in addition to the hormones (folate is a B vitamin that helps prevent birth defects).
Beyaz is made by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. At this time, there are no generic versions of Beyaz.

When Will Generic Beyaz Be Available?

The first patent for Beyaz currently expires in June 2014. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
However, other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten the exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for specific Beyaz uses. Once Beyaz goes off-patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Beyaz drug.

What About Yaz or Gianvi?

Yaz® is similar to Beyaz, except it does not contain the folate. It contains the same exact hormones in the same exact strengths. In fact, Beyaz was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) largely based on the studies done with Yaz. There is a generic version of Yaz available, sold under the name Gianvi™.
Neither Gianvi nor Yaz are interchangeable with Beyaz. However, they may be acceptable alternatives, especially if you are willing to take folate supplementation separately. This can be accomplished by taking a multivitamin and can be inexpensive. Check with your healthcare provider if you are interested in this possibly less-expensive alternative.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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