There are four generic versions of Mircette. The FDA has assigned an "AB" rating to these generic products, which means they are as good as brand-name Mircette. Generic medications, however, are allowed to have different inactive ingredients (such as fillers or dyes), which can cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
Is a Generic Mircette Available?
Mircette® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription contraceptive product. It is one of the many oral contraceptives (birth control pills) available. Compared to older birth control pills, Mircette contains a relatively low dose of hormones.
Mircette is made by Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of Barr Pharmaceuticals. Generic Mircette is available, although it is sold under what looks like brand names, rather than the usual generic name.
Generic Mircette Names
Currently, generic Mircette is sold under the following names:
Generic names of birth control pills can be very confusing -- the names are long, and many different products have the same generic name, but have different strengths. To avoid confusion, manufacturers of generic birth control pills give their versions a "brand name." These products are still generics, even though their names make them seem like brand-name products.
Who Makes Generic Mircette?
Kariva is made by Barr Pharmaceuticals, the "parent" company of Duramed Pharmaceuticals (the company that makes brand-name Mircette). Both Duramed and Barr have been acquired by Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA. Azurette is made by Watson Laboratories, Inc. Pimtrea is made by Novast Laboratories, Ltd., for Northstar Rx LLC. Viorele is made by Glenmark Generics.
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 December 11, 2013.
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