You can now buy one form of gatifloxacin, Zymaxid, in generic form. This product has been given an "AT" rating by the FDA, which means it is considered equivalent to the brand-name drug. The other form of gatifloxacin, Zymar, is sold as a brand-name drug only.
Can I Buy Generic Gatifloxacin?Gatifloxacin is a prescription antibiotic available in the form of an eye drop. It is used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis, or "pink eye." Gatifloxacin belongs to a class of medications called fluoroquinolones, or "quinolones" for short.
Gatifloxacin is currently available as Zymaxid™ and Zymar®. Both products are made by Allergan, Inc. At this time, Zymaxid -- but not Zymar -- is available in generic form.
Availability of Generic ZymaxidGeneric Zymaxid is available in one strength: Gatifloxacin 0.5% ophthalmic solution. It is made by Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Is Generic Gatifloxacin as Good as Zymaxid?
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 "AT" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. Generic gatifloxacin has an "AT" rating, meaning it should be equivalent to Zymaxid.