The conversation of brand name vs generic goes back as far as the production of drugs. This is always an interesting topic for many patients to discuss because there always seems to be this fear of medications not working. Let’s start here. Here is a directed definition from the CDC on generic drugs that are being marketed:
“A generic medicine works in the same way and provides the same clinical benefit as its brand-name version. This standard applies to all FDA-approved generic medicines. A generic medicine is the same as a brand name medicine in dosage, safety, effectiveness, strength, stability, and quality, as well as in the way it is taken and should be used.”
That’s it, we’re done, nothing further to discuss, right? Not exactly.
There are always factors that may sway a patient one way or the other. Maybe the insurance doesn’t cover the generic and only pays for brand name or visa-versa. Different dye allergies have even been seen to play a role in brand name or generic selection. Bottom line, if you are concerned about the medication that you have been prescribed, talk to your doctor or pharmacist and seek a knowledgeable professional option.