If your healthcare provider has prescribed Thioplex (thiotepa), you will receive a generic version of this drug. This is because the brand-name version is no longer manufactured, and Thioplex is only available in generic form. This medication may contain different inactive ingredients, such as fillers or dyes, than the brand-name version.
Can I Buy Generic Thioplex?
Thioplex® (thiotepa) is a prescription anticancer medication. It belongs to a class of medicines known as alkylating agents.
Thioplex used to be made by Immunex. However, brand-name Thioplex is no longer made. The medication is currently only available in generic form.
Generic Thioplex is available in one strength and form: Thiotepa 15 mg per vial for injection.
Who Makes Generic Thioplex?
Generic Thioplex is made by Bedford Laboratories.
Is Generic Thiotepa as Good as Thioplex?
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 "AP" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic injectable medication is equivalent to a brand-name injectable medication.
As mentioned previously, brand-name Thioplex is no longer available, and there is only one generic thiotepa product available on the market. This medication has not been given an equivalence rating by the FDA. Therefore, it is unknown whether the product is exactly equivalent to Thioplex.
It is also important to note that 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed September 17, 2012.
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