Generic Drugs

Thursday, September 08, 2016

An estimated 85 percent of all prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. Dr. Edward Hill discusses generic drugs in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Generic drugs are important options that allow greater access to healthcare for all Americans. They are copies of brand-name drugs and are the same as those brand name drugs in dosage form, safety, strength and quality.

Generic drugs are identical to their brand-name comparisons in terms of active ingredients, but their inactive ingredients can vary. Inactive ingredients do not affect the chemical activity of a drug and are added during manufacturing for stability and preservation purposes or to achieve a certain consistency, form, color or taste.

Generic drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based on testing demonstrating the drugs safety, purity and effectiveness. This means that a generic drug is interchangeable with a brand-name drug.

The most significant advantage of using generic drugs is the cost, which can be up to 85 percent less than that of a brand-name drug.

If you are using a brand-name drug, ask your doctor whether a generic form of that same medication is available.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.