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Frequently Asked Questions about Generic Drugs

  1. What are generic drugs?
  2. Are generic drugs as safe as brandname drugs?
  3. Are generic drugs as strong as brandname drugs?
  4. Do generic drugs take longer to work in the body?
  5. Why are generic drugs less expensive?
  6. Are brandname drugs made in more modern facilities than generic drugs?
  7. If brandname drugs and generic drugs have the same active ingredients, why do they look different?
  8. Does every brandname drug have a generic counterpart?
  9. What is the best source of information about generic drugs?

1. What are generic drugs?

A generic drug is a copy that is the same as a brandname drug in dosage, safety, strength, how it is taken, quality, performance and intended use.

2. Are generic drugs as safe as brandname drugs?

Yes. FDA requires that all drugs be safe and effective. Since generics 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 brandname counterparts.

3. Are generic drugs as strong as brandname drugs?

Yes. FDA requires generic drugs to have the same quality, strength, purity and stability as brandname drugs.

4. 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 brandname drugs.

5. Why are generic drugs less expensive?

Generic drugs are less expensive because generic manufacturers donít have the investment costs of the developer of a new drug. New drugs are developed under patent protection. The patent protects the investmentincluding research, development, marketing, and promotionby giving the company the sole right to sell the drug while it is in effect. As patents near expiration, manufacturers can apply to the FDA to sell generic versions. Because those manufacturers donít have the same development costs, they can sell their product at substantial discounts. Also, once generic drugs are approved, there is greater competition, which keeps the price down. Today, almost half of all prescriptions are filled with generic drugs.

6. Are brandname drugs made in more modern facilities than generic drugs?

No. Both brandname and generic drug facilities must meet the same standards of good manufacturing practices. FDA wonít permit drugs to be made in substandard facilities. FDA conducts about 3,500 inspections a year to ensure standards are met. Generic firms have facilities comparable to those of brandname firms. In fact, brandname firms are linked to an estimated 50 percent of generic drug production. They frequently make copies of their own or other brandname drugs but sell them without the brand name.

7. If brandname drugs and generic drugs have the same active ingredients, why do they look different?

In the United States, trademark laws do not allow a generic drug to look exactly like the brandname drug. However, a generic drug must duplicate the active ingredient. Colors, flavors, and certain other inactive ingredients may be different.

8. Does every brandname drug have a generic counterpart?

No. Brandname drugs are generally given patent protection for several years from the date of submission of the patent. This provides protection for the innovator who laid out the initial costs (including research, development, and marketing expenses) to develop the new drug. However, when the patent expires, other drug companies can introduce competitive generic versions, but only after they have been thoroughly tested by the manufacturer and approved by the FDA.

9. What is the best source of information about generic drugs?

Contact your physician, pharmacist, or insurance company for information on your generic drugs.

Taken from Official US FDA Website


 
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