You can now buy Evista (raloxifene) in generic form. The generic versions come in one strength and are considered equivalent to the brand-name version. However, they may contain different inactive ingredients than those found in brand-name Evista -- this could be problematic for people with certain allergies.
Can I Buy Generic Evista?Evista® (raloxifene hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved for the following uses:
- Lowering the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis
- Lowering the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women who are at high risk for it
- Treating or preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
Brand-name Evista is made by Eli Lilly and Company. The drug is also available in generic form.
Generic Evista is available in one strength: Raloxifene 60 mg tablets. It is made by manufacturers such as:
- Prasco Laboratories
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
The version sold by Prasco is actually an "authorized generic," meaning that it is the actual brand-name medication that is just packaged and sold under a generic name. It is exactly the same as Evista in every way (it is even made by Eli Lilly), except it comes in a bottle with a generic name.
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 "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 Evista currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to the brand-name product.
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.