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Is there any difference between brand-name and generic drugs?

There’s a lot of debate and head-scratching about generic vs. brand-name medication.

Are generics really as effective?

What’s the difference between the two?

When one is preferable over the other?

According to a recent blog from Cedars-Sinai, pharmacist Tattika Soreta shared answers to common questions about generic vs. name-brand drugs.

Do all brand-name drugs have a generic equivalent?

NO. Generic drugs usually become available after patents protecting a brand-name medicine expire.

Are generic drugs as safe and effective as their brand-name counterparts?

YES. Generic products go through an approval process and the FDA ensures they are continually monitored for safety, efficacy, and quality. It also investigates any problems or complaints, and when needed, will issue recalls both for brand-name and generic drugs.

Can patients save money by asking their doctor for a generic alternative?

YES. Because studies and trials don’t have to be repeated to make generic drugs, they cost less than their brand-name counterparts. “Also, multiple manufacturers can apply to market the same generic drug, which creates competition to lower prices even more,” Tattika adds.

Do generic drugs look the same as their brand-name counterparts?

NO. Generic drugs can look quite different than their brand-name counterparts, despite having the same active ingredient, strength, uses, form, route of administration, and labeling.

The providers at Monarch Primary Care can help you determine if generic drugs are right for you. For affordable, quality primary health care close to home, call (513) 246-2070 to make an appointment today!

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