Are brand name drugs better than generic drugs?


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Dr. Debra Are brand name drugs better than generic drugs?



Hi – thanks for your email. Your question was "Are brand name drugs better than generic drugs?"

A generic drug is a drug approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a substitute as a result of the expiration of the original patent on the brand name drug.

The FDA approves generic drugs the same way they do brand name drugs – that is they review studies on how the drug works. Generic drugs are less expensive and essentially the same as the brand name equivalents. There are only a few exceptions to this rule. Some believe that thyroid hormone supplements may vary depending on the manufacturer.

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.