You can now buy Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil) in both generic and brand-name form. Generic Malarone comes in two strengths and is made by Glenmark Generics. To reduce your risk, start taking Malarone one to two days before arriving in a malaria area. The drugs sold in some countries may be questionable.
Can I Buy Generic Malarone?
Malarone® (atovaquone/proguanil) is a prescription medication used in the treatment and prevention of malaria. It is a combination of two antimalarial medicines -- atovaquone and proguanil.
Brand-name Malarone is made by GlaxoSmithKline. However, it is also available in generic form.
Availability of Generic Malarone
Generic Malarone is available in the following two strengths:
- Atovaquone/proguanil 250/100 mg -- 250 mg of atovaquone and 100 mg of proguanil
- Atovaquone/proguanil -- 62.5 mg of atovaquone and 25 mg of proguanil.
At this time, generic Malarone is made by only one company -- Glenmark Generics.
Is Generic Atovaquone/Proguanil as Good as Malarone?
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 "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. The generic Malarone version currently available has an "AB" rating, meaning it should be equivalent to Malarone.
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.