At this time, a generic version of Xalatan (latanoprost ophthalmic solution) is available. The generic form, available in one strength as latanoprost 0.005% ophthalmic solution, is made by a variety of companies. These eye drop bottles each contain 2.5 mL of solution, with 1.5 mcg of latanoprost in each drop.
An Introduction to Generic Xalatan
Xalatan® (latanoprost ophthalmic solution) is a prescription eye drop used to treat glaucoma and high eye pressure (known medically as ocular hypertension). It belongs to a group of medications known as prostaglandins.
The brand-name medicine is manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. However, the patents for this drug have expired, and Xalatan is now available in generic form.
Strengths of Generic Xalatan
Xalatan is available in generic form in one strength as latanoprost 0.005% ophthalmic solution. Each bottle of eye drops contains 2.5 mL of solution, with 1.5 mcg of latanoprost in each drop.
Who Makes Generic Xalatan?
This drug is made by several different manufacturers, including:
- Apotex, Inc.
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Greenstone, Ltd.
- Falcon Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.
Is Generic Latanoprost as Good as Xalatan?
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 "AT" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic latanoprost versions currently available have an "AT" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Xalatan.