Generic Differin Availability

Differin is a brand name of adapalene topical, approved by the FDA in the following formulation(s):

DIFFERIN (adapalene - cream;topical)

DIFFERIN (adapalene - gel;topical)

DIFFERIN (adapalene - lotion;topical)

Has a generic version of Differin been approved?

A generic version of Differin has been approved by the FDA. However, this does not mean that the product will necessarily be commercially available - possibly because of drug patents and/or drug exclusivity. The following products are equivalent to Differin and have been approved by the FDA:

adapalene cream;topical

  • Manufacturer: FOUGERA PHARMS
    Approval date: June 30, 2010
    Strength(s): 0.1% [AB]

adapalene gel;topical

  • Manufacturer: GLENMARK GENERICS
    Approval date: July 1, 2010
    Strength(s): 0.1% [AB]
  • Manufacturer: PLIVA HRVATSKA DOO
    Approval date: June 2, 2010
    Strength(s): 0.1% [AB]
  • Manufacturer: TOLMAR
    Approval date: June 14, 2012
    Strength(s): 0.3% [AB]

Note: No generic formulation of the following product is available.

  • adapalene - lotion;topical

Note: Fraudulent online pharmacies may attempt to sell an illegal generic version of Differin. These medications may be counterfeit and potentially unsafe. If you purchase medications online, be sure you are buying from a reputable and valid online pharmacy. Ask your health care provider for advice if you are unsure about the online purchase of any medication.

See also: About generic drugs.

Related Patents

Patents are granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at any time during a drug's development and may include a wide range of claims.

  • Administration of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphthoic acid for the treatment of dermatological disorders
    Patent 7,579,377
    Issued: August 25, 2009
    Inventor(s): Graeber; Michael & Czernielewski; Janusz
    Assignee(s): Galderma Research & Development
    Dermatological disorders having an inflammatory or proliferative component are treated with pharmaceutical compositions containing on the order of 0.3% by weight of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphthanoic acid (adapalene) or salt thereof, formulated into pharmaceutically acceptable media therefore, advantageously topically applicable gels, creams or lotions.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • February 23, 2025
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      Patent use: TOPICAL TREATMENT OF ACNE VULGARIS
  • Pharmaceutical compositions comprising 0.3% by weight of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphthoic acid for the treatment of dermatological disorders
    Patent 7,737,181
    Issued: June 15, 2010
    Inventor(s): Graeber; Michael & Czernielewski; Janusz
    Assignee(s): Galderma Research & Development
    Dermatological disorders having an inflammatory or proliferative component, notably common acne, are treated with topically applicable pharmaceutical compositions containing about 0.3% by weight of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphthanoic acid (adapalene) or salt thereof, formulated into pharmaceutically acceptable media therefor, advantageously formulated into topically applicable gels, preferably aqueous gels, creams, lotions or solutions.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • August 29, 2024
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      Drug product
  • Administration of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphtoic acid for the treatment of dermatological disorders
    Patent 7,834,060
    Issued: November 16, 2010
    Inventor(s): Graeber; Michael & Czernielewski; Janusz
    Assignee(s): Galderma Research & Development
    Dermatological disorders having an inflammatory or proliferative component are treated with pharmaceutical compositions containing on the order of 0.3% by weight of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphthanoic acid (adapalene) or salt thereof, formulated into pharmaceutically acceptable media therefor, advantageously topically applicable gels, creams or lotions.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • March 12, 2023
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      Patent use: TREATMENT OF ACNE
  • Administration of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphthoic acid for the treatment of dermatological disorders
    Patent 7,838,558
    Issued: November 23, 2010
    Inventor(s): Graeber; Michael & Czernielewski; Janusz
    Assignee(s): Galderma Research & Development S.N.C.
    Dermatological disorders having an inflammatory or proliferative component are treated with pharmaceutical compositions containing on the order of 0.3% by weight of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphthanoic acid (adapalene) or salt thereof, formulated into pharmaceutically acceptable media therefor, advantageously topically applicable gels, creams or lotions.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • March 12, 2023
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      Drug product
  • Method for the treatment of acne using compositions comprising 0.3% by weight of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphthoic acid
    Patent 7,868,044
    Issued: January 11, 2011
    Inventor(s): Graeber; Michael & Czernielewski; Janusz
    Assignee(s): Galderma Research & Development
    Dermatological disorders having an inflammatory or proliferative component, notably common acne, are treated with topically applicable pharmaceutical compositions containing about 0.3% by weight of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphthanoic acid (adapalene) or salt thereof, formulated into pharmaceutically acceptable media therefor, advantageously formulated into topically applicable gels, preferably aqueous gels, creams, lotions or solutions.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • March 12, 2023
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      Patent use: TREATMENT OF ACNE
  • Cosmetic/dermatological compositions comprising naphthoic acid compounds and polyurethane polymers
    Patent 7,998,467
    Issued: August 16, 2011
    Inventor(s): Mallard; Claire & Ferrara; Eve
    Assignee(s): Galderma Research & Development
    Cosmetic/dermatological compositions for topical application and useful for the treatment, e.g., of acne, contain, formulated into a physiologically acceptable medium, at least one naphthoic acid compound and at least one polyurethane polymer or derivative thereof, the at least one naphthoic acid compound being dispersed therein.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • May 31, 2028
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      Patent use: TREATMENT OF ACNE
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      Drug product
  • Cosmetic/dermatological compositions comprising naphtholic acid compounds and polyurethane polymers
    Patent 8,435,502
    Issued: May 7, 2013
    Assignee(s): Galderma Research & Development
    Cosmetic/dermatological compositions for topical application and useful for the treatment, e.g., of acne, contain, formulated into a physiologically acceptable medium, at least one naphthoic acid compound and at least one polyurethane polymer or derivative thereof, the at least one naphthoic acid compound being dispersed therein.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • September 15, 2026
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      Patent use: TREATMENT OF ACNE
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      Drug product
  • Administration of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphthoic acid for the treatment of dermatological disorders
    Patent 8,703,820
    Issued: April 22, 2014
    Assignee(s): Galderma Research & Development
    Dermatological disorders having an inflammatory or proliferative component are treated with pharmaceutical compositions containing on the order of 0.3% by weight of 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-methoxyphenyl]-2-naphthanoic acid (adapalene) or salt thereof, formulated into pharmaceutically acceptable media therefor, advantageously topically applicable gels, creams or lotions.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • March 12, 2023
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      Patent use: TREATMENT OF ACNE
  • Cosmetic/dermatological compositions comprising naphthoic acid compounds and polyurethane polymers
    Patent 8,709,392
    Issued: April 29, 2014
    Assignee(s): Galderma Research & Development
    Cosmetic/dermatological compositions for topical application and useful for the treatment, e.g., of acne, contain, formulated into a physiologically acceptable medium, at least one naphthoic acid compound and at least one polyurethane polymer or derivative thereof, the at least one naphthoic acid compound being dispersed therein.
    Patent expiration dates:
    • September 15, 2026
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      Patent use: TREATMENT OF ACNE
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      Drug product

Glossary

TermDefinition
Drug PatentA drug patent is assigned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and assigns exclusive legal right to the patent holder to protect the proprietary chemical formulation. The patent assigns exclusive legal right to the inventor or patent holder, and may include entities such as the drug brand name, trademark, product dosage form, ingredient formulation, or manufacturing process A patent usually expires 20 years from the date of filing, but can be variable based on many factors, including development of new formulations of the original chemical, and patent infringement litigation.
Drug ExclusivityExclusivity is the sole marketing rights granted by the FDA to a manufacturer upon the approval of a drug and may run simultaneously with a patent. Exclusivity periods can run from 180 days to seven years depending upon the circumstance of the exclusivity grant.
RLDA Reference Listed Drug (RLD) is an approved drug product to which new generic versions are compared to show that they are bioequivalent. A drug company seeking approval to market a generic equivalent must refer to the Reference Listed Drug in its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA). By designating a single reference listed drug as the standard to which all generic versions must be shown to be bioequivalent, FDA hopes to avoid possible significant variations among generic drugs and their brand name counterpart.
ABProducts meeting necessary bioequivalence requirements. Multisource drug products listed under the same heading (i.e., identical active ingredients(s), dosage form, and route(s) of administration) and having the same strength (see Therapeutic Equivalence-Related Terms, Pharmaceutical Equivalents) generally will be coded AB if a study is submitted demonstrating bioequivalence. In certain instances, a number is added to the end of the AB code to make a three character code (i.e., AB1, AB2, AB3, etc.). Three-character codes are assigned only in situations when more than one reference listed drug of the same strength has been designated under the same heading. Two or more reference listed drugs are generally selected only when there are at least two potential reference drug products which are not bioequivalent to each other. If a study is submitted that demonstrates bioequivalence to a specific listed drug product, the generic product will be given the same three-character code as the reference listed drug it was compared against.
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