Choosing generic medicine over brand-name products is a popular way to save money. But are we sacrificing our safety for the sake of a few dollars?
The US Food and Drug Administration offers answers to some common questions about generic drugs:
What are generic drugs?
A generic drug is a copy that is the same as a brand-name drug in dosage, safety, strength, how it is taken, quality, performance and intended use.
Are generic drugs safe?
Since generics use the same active ingredients, they have the same risks and benefits as their brand-name counterparts.
Why are they cheaper?
Generic drugs are less expensive because manufacturers don’t have the same investment costs as the developer of a new drug.
Are brand-name drugs made in better facilities?
No. Both brand-name and generic drug facilities must meet the same standards.