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Generic Gesticare DHA

There are currently no generic Gesticare DHA products. In many states, a pharmacist may not dispense a generic in place of a brand-name medication unless the FDA considers the products to be equivalent. Because prenatal vitamins are not FDA-approved and do not have equivalence ratings, technically, no generic prenatal vitamin is equivalent to any brand-name prenatal vitamin, including Gesticare DHA.

Is a Generic Version of Gesticare DHA Available?

Gesticare® DHA is a prescription-only prenatal vitamin. Each dose consists of one tablet (which contains the vitamins and minerals) and one capsule (which contains DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid).
Gesticare DHA prenatal vitamins are manufactured by Azur Pharma, Inc. No generic versions of Gesticare DHA are available.

Problems With Generic Prenatal Vitamins

The issue of generic prenatal vitamins is a confusing one. These products present an interesting technical problem. Because prenatal vitamins do not require U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, they are not given "equivalence ratings." Equivalence ratings are used by pharmacists to determine which generic products are considered equivalent to brand-name products.
In many states, a pharmacist may not dispense a generic in place of a brand-name medication unless the FDA has rated the products to be equivalent. However, because prenatal vitamins do not have equivalence ratings, technically, no generic prenatal vitamin is equivalent to any brand-name prenatal vitamin, including Gesticare DHA.
However, depending on state laws and how your healthcare provider writes your prescription, your pharmacist may substitute a generic prenatal vitamin that is similar to the brand-name product.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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