Generic Medications

What are generic medications?

A generic medication 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 medications are chemically identical to their branded counterparts, they are typically sold at substantial discounts from the branded price.

Are generic medications as effective as brand-name medications?

Yes. A generic medication is the same as a brand-name medication in dosage, safety, strength, quality, the way it works, the way it is taken and the way it should be used.

Not every brand-name drug has a generic drug. When new drugs are first made they have drug patents. Most drug patents are protected for 20 years. The patent, which protects the company that made the drug first, doesn't allow anyone else to make and sell the drug. When the patent expires, other drug companies can start selling a generic version of the drug.