You can find generic pioglitazone (Actos) in three different strengths. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has assigned an "AB" rating to these medications, which means that they are considered equivalent to brand-name Actos.
Pioglitazone hydrochloride (Actos®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat type 2 diabetes. It is part of a group of diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones.
Brand-name Actos is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. However, generic versions are also available.
Availability of Generic PioglitazoneGeneric Actos is available in the following strengths:
- Pioglitazone 15 mg tablets
- Pioglitazone 30 mg tablets
- Pioglitazone 45 mg tablets.
It is made by various manufacturers, such as:
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA.
The version made by Teva is actually an "authorized generic," meaning that it is the real, brand-name medication that is just packaged and sold under a generic name. It is exactly the same as Actos in every way (it is even made by Takeda), except it comes in a bottle with a generic name.
Is Generic Pioglitazone as Good as Actos?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 medication and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic versions of Actos currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Actos. The authorized version from Teva has not been given a rating, and this makes sense, because it is the brand-name version that has been relabeled, so testing is unnecessary.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.