Brand vs. generic drugs

Brand vs. Generic Medications With prescription drug costs steadily on the rise, generic medications are a safe, effective and easy way to help keep your out-of-pocket costs down. Generics are safe, effective, FDA-approved, and cost nearly 80-85% less than their brand-name counterparts1. According to the FDA, a generic medication is identical, or bioequivalent, to the brand in dosage, form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics, and intended use.

Common Brand Name Drugs & their Generic Equivalents

Brand
Generic Equivalent
ALLEGRA FEXOFENADINE
AMARYL GLIMEPIRIDE
COUMADIN WARFARIN
DILANTIN PHENYTOIN
FLONASE FLUTICASONE
MIACALCIN FORTICAL
ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN TRINESSA
PAXIL PAROXETINE
SYNTHROID LEVOTHROID
ZITHROMAX AZITHROMYCIN

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Related Links

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Office of Generic Drugs
Generic Pharmaceutical Association

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