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Generic Zyrtec Availability

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

ZYRTEC (cetirizine hydrochloride - syrup;oral)

  • Manufacturer: J AND J CONSUMER INC
    Approval date: September 27, 1996
    Strength(s): 5MG/5ML [RLD] [AA]

Has a generic version of Zyrtec been approved?

Yes. The following products are equivalent to Zyrtec:

cetirizine hydrochloride syrup;oral

  • Manufacturer: AMNEAL PHARMS
    Approval date: October 7, 2009
    Strength(s): 5MG/5ML [AA]
  • Manufacturer: BIO PHARM INC
    Approval date: April 27, 2009
    Strength(s): 5MG/5ML [AA]
  • Manufacturer: BRECKENRIDGE PHARM
    Approval date: October 6, 2008
    Strength(s): 5MG/5ML [AA]
  • Manufacturer: NOSTRUM LABS INC
    Approval date: November 12, 2009
    Strength(s): 5MG/5ML [AA]
  • Manufacturer: PERRIGO R AND D
    Approval date: June 17, 2008
    Strength(s): 5MG/5ML [AA]
  • Manufacturer: SILARX
    Approval date: May 11, 2012
    Strength(s): 5MG/5ML [AA]
  • Manufacturer: TARO
    Approval date: June 20, 2008
    Strength(s): 5MG/5ML [AA]
  • Manufacturer: TEVA PHARMS
    Approval date: May 27, 2008
    Strength(s): 5MG/5ML [AA]
  • Manufacturer: VINTAGE
    Approval date: September 25, 2009
    Strength(s): 5MG/5ML [AA]

Note: Fraudulent online pharmacies may attempt to sell an illegal generic version of Zyrtec. 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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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.
AAProducts in conventional dosage forms not presenting bioequivalence problems. Products coded as AA contain active ingredients and dosage forms that are not regarded as presenting either actual or potential bioequivalence problems or drug quality or standards issues. However, all oral dosage forms must, nonetheless, meet an appropriate in vitro bioequivalence standard that is acceptable to the Agency in order to be approved.