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Generic Differin

There are currently two generic versions of Differin (adapalene) available -- Adapalene 0.1% gel and Adapalene 0.1% cream. These generic forms of the drug are made by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA and E. Fougera & Co. It is unclear why the other formulations of Differin are not yet available in generic form.

Can I Buy Generic Differin?

Differin® (adapalene) is a prescription skin medication approved for the treatment of acne. It is a "retinoid" medication that is applied just once daily at bedtime. It comes in the form of a cream, gel, or lotion.
Differin cream and gel are made by DPT Laboratories, Ltd., for Galderma Laboratories, L.P. The lotion is made by Galderma Production Canada, Inc. Differin cream and the lower strength of Differin gel (but not the lotion or the higher strength of the gel) are available in generic form.

Availability of Generic Differin

At this time, the following Differin products are available in generic form:
  • Adapalene 0.1% gel, made by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
  • Adapalene 0.1% cream, made by E. Fougera & Co.
The 0.3% gel and the 0.1% lotion are not yet available in generic form. These products may be protected from generic competition by additional exclusivity rights or patents; however, it does not appear that the cream form has any unexpired patents. Therefore, it is unclear why Differin cream is not yet available in generic form at this time.
It is difficult to predict exactly when Differin lotion or 0.3% gel may become available.

Is Adapalene a Generic Differin?

No -- adapalene is the active ingredient in Differin, but is not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that oftentimes, the active ingredient of a drug is referred to as the "generic name." It is standard in scientific literature to use the generic name only, regardless of generic availability. Therefore, you may see the terms "adapalene 3% gel" or "adapalene lotion" used at times, but this does not mean these products are available in generic form.

Differin Medication Information

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