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Generic vs. Name Brand Medication

We all know that most medicines come in pairs, the “name” brand and the generic brand. The name brand is usually marketed and advertised by a well known pharmaceutical company while the generic medication is normally unbranded and sold by a specific retailer or a lesser known company. Due to their unbranded nature generic drugs are often cheaper. This causes consumers to question if the makeup of the medication is compromised in order to deliver the medicine at a lower cost.

Individuals can have a little peace of mind knowing that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires generic drugs to meet the same levels of safety, quality, and effectiveness as brand name drugs.

According to the FDA nearly 8 in 10 prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. One of the only major differences in generic and brand name medications are even though the FDA requires that the generic have the same active ingredient the generic drugs do not need to have the same inactive ingredient. However, both drugs go through the same rigorous testing to determine their readiness for the market.

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