Im­por­tant facts about generic med­i­ca­tions

The Progress-Index Weekend - - HEALTH -

If your doc­tor or phar­ma­cist has sug­gested re­plac­ing your brand-name med­i­ca­tion with gener­ics in or­der to save money, here are some im­por­tant facts you should know about generic med­i­ca­tions. Ac­cord­ing to the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion, in or­der to be ap­proved for use, gener­ics must:

• Match the brand-name drug’s dosage, safety, ef­fec­tive­ness, strength, sta­bil­ity and qual­ity.

• Use the same ac­tive in­gre­di­ents.

• Be taken the same way the brand-name medicine is taken.

• Be pre­scribed for the same con­di­tions the brand name is pre­scribed for.

• Un­dergo a rig­or­ous re­view by the FDA Generic Drugs Pro­gram.

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