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Generic Ceftin Availability

Ceftin is a brand name of cefuroxime, approved by the FDA in the following formulation(s):

CEFTIN (cefuroxime axetil - for suspension;oral)

  • Manufacturer: GLAXOSMITHKLINE
    Approval date: June 30, 1994
    Strength(s): EQ 125MG BASE/5ML
  • Manufacturer: GLAXOSMITHKLINE
    Approval date: April 29, 1997
    Strength(s): EQ 250MG BASE/5ML [RLD]

CEFTIN (cefuroxime axetil - tablet;oral)

  • Manufacturer: GLAXOSMITHKLINE
    Approval date: December 28, 1987
    Strength(s): EQ 125MG BASE [AB], EQ 250MG BASE [AB], EQ 500MG BASE [RLD] [AB]

Has a generic version of Ceftin been approved?

Yes. The following products are equivalent to Ceftin:

cefuroxime axetil tablet;oral

  • Manufacturer: ALKEM LABS LTD
    Approval date: June 7, 2010
    Strength(s): EQ 250MG BASE [AB], EQ 500MG BASE [AB]
  • Manufacturer: ANI PHARMS INC
    Approval date: October 18, 2004
    Strength(s): EQ 250MG BASE [AB], EQ 500MG BASE [AB]
  • Manufacturer: APOTEX
    Approval date: October 2, 2002
    Strength(s): EQ 250MG BASE [AB], EQ 500MG BASE [AB]
  • Manufacturer: AUROBINDO PHARMA LTD
    Approval date: March 29, 2006
    Strength(s): EQ 125MG BASE [AB], EQ 250MG BASE [AB], EQ 500MG BASE [AB]
  • Manufacturer: LUPIN
    Approval date: July 25, 2003
    Strength(s): EQ 250MG BASE [AB], EQ 500MG BASE [AB]
  • Manufacturer: ORCHID HLTHCARE
    Approval date: February 15, 2008
    Strength(s): EQ 125MG BASE [AB], EQ 250MG BASE [AB], EQ 500MG BASE [AB]
  • Manufacturer: WOCKHARDT
    Approval date: July 29, 2005
    Strength(s): EQ 125MG BASE [AB], EQ 250MG BASE [AB], EQ 500MG BASE [AB]

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

  • cefuroxime axetil - for suspension;oral

Note: Fraudulent online pharmacies may attempt to sell an illegal generic version of Ceftin. 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.


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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.