You can find generic Duetact (pioglitazone and glimepiride) in two different strengths. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has assigned an "AB" rating to the generic versions of the drug, which means that they are considered equivalent to brand-name Duetact. However, they may have different inactive ingredients.
Duetact® (pioglitazone and glimepiride) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat type 2 diabetes. It is a combination of two different diabetes drugs: pioglitazone hydrochloride (Actos®) and glimepiride (Amaryl®).
Brand-name Duetact is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. However, it is also available in generic form.
Generic Duetact is available in the following strengths:
- Pioglitazone/glimepiride 30 mg/2 mg tablets (containing 30 mg pioglitazone and 2 mg glimepiride)
- Pioglitazone/glimepiride 30 mg/4 mg tablets (containing 30 mg pioglitazone and 4 mg glimepiride).
It is made by Sandoz, Inc.
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.