As all of the patents for brand-name Carafate (sucralfate) have expired, there are generic versions of this medication available. Generic Carafate, however, is only available in the tablet form and in one strength. The FDA has assigned this generic medication an "AB" rating, meaning the generic is equivalent to the brand-name drug.
Can I Buy Generic Carafate?Carafate® (sucralfate) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of duodenal ulcers (ulcers of the upper part of the small intestine). It works by forming a protective coating that prevents the ulcer from coming into contact with stomach acid and other damaging substances.
Brand-name Carafate tablets and suspension are made by Axcan Scandipharm, Inc. The patents for these medications have expired, and generic versions are available.
Availability of Generic CarafateLike brand-name Carafate, generic Carafate tablets are available in one strength -- sucralfate 1 gram (1000 mg) tablets.
At this time, it is unclear why no generic manufacturers have chosen to make a generic version of Carafate suspension. Perhaps it is not financially feasible to do so.
It should be noted that there is one sucralfate suspension product available on the market that (at first glance) appears to be a generic. Precision Dose, Inc., provides sucralfate suspension in 10 mL single-dose cups. However, according to Precision Dose, Inc. (oral communication, February 17, 2010), this is simply a repackaging of the brand-name Carafate suspension (which comes in large bottles) into the smaller cups. It is not a true generic and will result in no cost savings.
Who Makes a Generic Version?Generic Carafate is made by various generic manufacturers, such as:
- Nostrum Laboratories, Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- Watson Laboratories, Inc.