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Generic Ortho Evra

A generic version of Ortho Evra is now available, sold under the name Xulane. The generic patches come in the same strength as brand-name Ortho Evra. Although the generic version is considered equivalent to the brand-name product, be aware that it may contain different adhesives or inactive ingredients.

Can I Buy Generic Ortho Evra?

Ortho Evra® (norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription contraceptive product. It is very similar to combined oral contraceptives (birth control pills), but it is a skin patch that is replaced weekly. Ortho Evra may be useful for women who have trouble remembering to take a birth control pill every day.
Brand-name Ortho Evra is made by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., one of the largest manufacturers of contraceptive products. The drug is also available in generic form.

Availability of Generic Ortho Evra

Generic Ortho Evra is available from Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., sold under the name Xulane™. Xulane comes in the exact same strength as Ortho Evra and in a box with three patches.
 

Is Xulane as Good as Ortho Evra?

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. Xulane was given an "AB" rating, which means it should be equivalent to Ortho Evra.
 
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include adhesives or other ingredients that can cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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