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What are generic drugs? Date : Tuesday 02 50, 2003
FAQ Summary
The original drug (e.g. Viagra) is called a brand name drug. Brand name drugs and their generics are IDENTICAL in terms of active ingredients.
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When a drug company first invents a drug that company is the only one allowed to make that drug in the same country for a certain number of years. After this time period, other companies are allowed to make the same drug. These drugs are called generics. The original drug (e.g. Viagra) is called a brand name drug. Brand name drugs and their generics are IDENTICAL in terms of active ingredients. The generic pills may look different (because they are made by a different company) but inside is exactly the same active ingredient, which works in exactly the same way. The only difference between brand name drugs and generic drugs is that generics are always much less expensive.
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