Generic Leustatin

Leustatin (cladribine) is available as a generic product. These generic versions come in one form and strength -- Cladribine 1 mg per mL injection. The generic products are made by a variety of companies, including APP Pharmaceuticals and Bedford Laboratories. Generic Leustatin has been tested and found to be as good as the brand-name product, although it may contain different inactive ingredients.

Can I Buy Generic Leustatin?

Leustatin® (cladribine) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of a rare type of blood cancer known as hairy cell leukemia. It belongs to a group of medicines called purine analogs.
Leustatin was first manufactured by Centocor Ortho Biotech Products, L.P., which is now called Janssen Biotech, Inc. It is no longer protected from generic competition by patents and is available as a generic medication.

Available Strengths

Generic Leustatin is available in one strength and form: Cladribine 1 mg per mL injection.

Who Makes Generic Leustatin?

Generic Leustatin is made by a few different companies, including:
  • APP Pharmaceuticals
  • Bedford Laboratories
  • Onco Therapies, LTD.

Is Generic Cladribine as Good as Leustatin?

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 "AP" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic injectable medication is equivalent to a brand-name injectable medication. All of the generic Leustatin versions currently available have an "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Leustatin.
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.
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