At this time, Optivar (azelastine ophthalmic solution) is available in both brand-name and generic form. The generic version is made by various companies and is considered equivalent to brand-name Optivar. However, it is allowed to contain different inactive ingredients than the brand-name product.
Is a Generic Version of Optivar Available?Optivar® (azelastine ophthalmic solution) is a prescription eye drop used to treat eye allergies (known medically as allergic conjunctivitis). It belongs to a group of medications known as antihistamines.
Optivar is manufactured by Patheon UK, Ltd. (6 mL size), or Catalent Pharma Solutions (0.2 mL size) and is marketed and distributed by Meda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. However, a generic version is also available.
Generic Optivar Availability
A generic Optivar medication, sold under the name of azelastine hydrochloride 0.05% ophthalmic solution, is available. It is made by a few different manufacturers, such as:
- Apotex Corporation
- Sun Pharmaceutical Ind., Ltd. (distributed by Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd.).
These generic versions are available in 6-mL multiuse bottles. A generic version of the 0.2-mL single-use containers is not yet available.
Is Generic Azelastine as Good as Optivar?
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 each generic a rating.
An "AT" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. The generic azelastine eye drops have an "AT" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Optivar.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. In some cases, these inactive ingredients may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.