Are Generic Medicines as Good as Name Brands?
Brand-name products inevitably cost more. Are they worth the extra money?
"A generic is the same in dosage, safety, strength, quality, and performance as a brand name," a U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokesperson based in Silver Spring, Maryland. And that goes for prescription medications. The generic may look or taste a little different (federal law prohibits duplicating every last detail), but the medicine works in your body just as the brand name would. In fact, according to the FDA, about 50 percent of generic drugs are manufactured by the brand-name companies.
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