A few different companies make a generic version of Betapace, such as:
Is Generic Sotalol as Good as Betapace?
All generic medications must have certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The 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. All of the generic sotalol versions currently available have an "AB" rating, which means they should be equivalent to Betapace or Betapace AF, although only the products with patent package inserts are equivalent to Betapace AF.
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.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed May 7, 2009.
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