As all of the patents for Versed have expired, several companies have chosen to manufacture a generic version of the medication. In fact, brand-name Versed is no longer available -- only generic Versed is being manufactured. The FDA has assigned all versions of generic Versed an "AB" or "AP" rating, meaning the generic medications should be equivalent to brand-name Versed.
Generic Versed: An OverviewVersed® (midazolam) is a prescription medication used to cause sedation, anxiety relief, and memory loss before and during surgeries and procedures. It is also used to sedate people on a respirator in intensive care units. Versed belongs to a group of medications known as benzodiazepines.
Versed was made by Hoffmann-La Roche. However, brand-name Versed is no longer manufactured. Fortunately, the patents for Versed have expired and many companies have chosen to make generic versions of the medication.
Who Makes Generic Versed?Generic Versed is made by the following companies:
- Abraxis Pharmaceutical Products
- Baxter Healthcare
- Bedford Laboratories
- Hospira Worldwide
- Paddock Laboratories
- Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals
- Roxane Laboratories.
Is Generic Midazolam as Good as Versed?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 each generic a rating. An "AB" or "AP" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic midazolam versions currently available have an "AB" or "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Versed.
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.