A generic drug is the same as a brand name drug in:
A generic equivalent is a drug that contains the same active ingredient as the brand name drug. For example, lisinopril is the generic equivalent of brand name drugs, Zestril® and Prinivil®.
A generic alternative is a generic drug that works similarly to a brand name drug and treats the same condition. The drug lisinopril, for example, is a generic alternative to the brand name drug, Altace®. Both drugs lower blood pressure, but they do not contain the same exact active ingredients. Generic alternatives are equal to the brand name drug in safety and effectiveness.
Yes. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that all drugs are safe and effective. Generic equivalent drugs use the same active ingredients as brand name drugs and work the same way.
Yes. Unless specifically told not to do so by you or your doctor, network pharmacies may substitute a generic drug for a brand name drug.
Yes. FDA requires generic drugs to be equal to brand name drugs in quality, strength, purity, and stability.
No. Generic drugs work in the same way and in the same amount of time as brand name drugs.
Yes. Generic drugs will act the same way as brand name drugs. Be sure to discuss all the drugs you take with your doctor or pharmacist to ensure you have no adverse reactions.
No. All factories must meet the same high standards. If the factories do not meet certain standards, FDA will not allow them to make drugs or be sold in the U.S.
No. New brand name drugs have a patent when they are first made. Most drug patents are protected for several years. The patent protects the company that originally made the drug. The patent does not allow another drug company to make and sell the drug. When the patent expires, other drug companies can start selling the generic version of the drug after it has been tested and approved by the FDA.
Developing a new drug is very expensive. Since generic drug companies do not develop a drug from scratch, the costs to bring the drug to market are less. Generic drug companies, however, must show that their drug acts in the same way as the brand name drug. The FDA approves all generic drugs before they are released to the public.
Generic drugs are proven to be safe, effective and typically cost much less than brand name drugs. By choosing generic drugs, you can save money without compromising quality.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information about generic drugs.
Information last updated 04-03-2013
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