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Generic Isopto Carpine Availability

Isopto Carpine is a brand name of pilocarpine ophthalmic, approved by the FDA in the following formulation(s):

ISOPTO CARPINE (pilocarpine hydrochloride - solution;ophthalmic)

  • Manufacturer: NOVARTIS PHARMS CORP
    Approval date: June 22, 2010
    Strength(s): 1% [RLD], 2% [RLD], 4% [RLD]

Has a generic version of Isopto Carpine been approved?

An Authorized Generic version of Isopto Carpine has been approved. An Authorized Generic is a prescription drug that is produced by a brand company under a New Drug Application (NDA) and marketed as a generic under a private label. It is identical to the branded product in appearance, and unlike a generic, the Authorized Generic has exactly the same inactive ingredients.

List of authorized generic versions:

  • pilocarpine hydrochloride OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION/ DROPS 10 mg/mL
    Sandoz Inc.
    NDC Code: 613140203
  • pilocarpine hydrochloride OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION/ DROPS 20 mg/mL
    Sandoz Inc.
    NDC Code: 613140204
  • pilocarpine hydrochloride OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION/ DROPS 40 mg/mL
    Sandoz Inc.
    NDC Code: 613140206

Note: Fraudulent online pharmacies may attempt to sell an illegal generic version of Isopto Carpine. 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: Generic Drug FAQs.

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