FDA approves generic version of vigabatrin


The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of vigabatrin (Sabril) 500-mg tablets. The drug is approved for the adjunctive treatment of focal seizures in patients aged 10 years and older who have not had an adequate response to other therapies.

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The approval was granted to Teva Pharmaceuticals.

An FDA announcement noted that the agency has prioritized the approval of generic versions of drugs to improve access to treatments and to lower drug costs. Vigabatrin had been included on an FDA list of off-patent, off-exclusivity branded drugs without approved generics. The approval of generic vigabatrin “demonstrates that there is an open pathway to approving products like this one,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.

The label for vigabatrin tablets includes a boxed warning for permanent vision loss. The generic vigabatrin tablets are part of a single shared-system Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program with other drug products containing vigabatrin.

The most common side effects associated with vigabatrin tablets include dizziness, fatigue, sleepiness, involuntary eye movement, tremor, blurred vision, memory impairment, weight gain, joint pain, upper respiratory tract infection, aggression, double vision, abnormal coordination, and a confused state. Serious side effects associated with vigabatrin tablets include permanent vision loss and risk of suicidal thoughts or actions.

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