A generic drug is identical, or bioequivalent to a brand name drug in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and intended use. Although generic drugs are chemically identical to their branded counterparts, they are typically sold at 30-80% discount from the branded price.
Are generic drugs as safe as brand-name drugs?
Yes. Since generic drugs use the same active ingredients and are shown to work the same way in the body, they have the same risks and benefits as their brand-name counterparts.
Are generic drugs as strong as brand-name drugs?
Yes. Generic drugs have the same quality, strength, purity, and stability as brand-name drugs.
Do generic drugs take longer to work in the body?
No. Generic drugs work in the same way and in the same amount of time as brand-name drugs.
Why are generic drugs less expensive?
Generic drugs are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have the investment costs that the developer of a new drug has - including research, development, marketing, and promotion. Currently, almost half of all prescriptions are filled with generic drugs.
Are brand-name drugs made in more modern facilities than generic drugs?
No. Both brand-name and generic drug facilities meet the same standards of good manufacturing practices. Generic firms have facilities comparable to those of brand-name firms.
If brand-name drugs and generic drugs have the same active ingredients, why do they often look different?
Usually local country trademark laws do not allow a generic drug to look exactly like the brand-name drug. However, a generic drug must duplicate the active ingredient. Colors, flavors, and certain other inactive ingredients may be different.
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