Is there a generic version of the hepatitis B vaccine?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Hepatitis A vaccine
Because the hepatitis A vaccine is a biologic drug (a drug containing live organisms), generic versions are not currently permitted. There are three products that contain hepatitis A vaccine available in the US at this time: Havrix and VAQTA contain hepatitis A vaccine only, and Twinrix contains hepatitis A vaccine, plus hepatitis B vaccine.

Hepatitis B vaccine
There is not a generic version of the hepatitis B vaccine. There are three brand name products that contain hepatitis B vaccine, recombinant. Two products contain only hepatitis B vaccine: Engerix-B and Engerix-B Pediatric; and Recombivax HB Adult, Recombivax HB Dialysis and Recombivax HB Pediatric/Adolescent. One product contains hepatitis B vaccine with hepatitis A vaccine: Twinrix.

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