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Generic Nestabs DHA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers Nestabs DHA a dietary supplement, rather than a prescription medication, which means there are technically no generic versions of Nestabs DHA available. As dietary supplements, prenatal vitamins do not have to undergo the testing that determines whether a generic version has the same ingredients and effects in the body as a brand-name product.

Can I Buy Generic Nestabs DHA?

Nestabs® DHA is a prenatal vitamin available only with a prescription. It combines a prenatal vitamin tablet with an omega-3 fatty acid gelcap.
Nestabs DHA is made by Women's Choice Pharmaceuticals. Technically, there is no generic version of Nestabs DHA available.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

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 an "equivalence" rating. These ratings are used by pharmacists to determine which generic products are considered equivalent to brand-name products.
However, the FDA classifies prenatal vitamins as dietary supplements, not prescription medications. Like other dietary supplements, prenatal vitamins do not require FDA approval. And because they do not require FDA approval, the FDA does not give them "equivalence ratings."
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 Nestabs DHA.
However, there may be generic prenatal vitamins that have similar ingredients to Nestabs DHA. Depending on state laws and how your healthcare provider writes your prescription, your pharmacist may be able to substitute a generic prenatal vitamin that is similar to the brand-name product.

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