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After using the brand drug it becomes a little difficult to trust using the generic drug. Let’s first understand what a generic drug is. A generic drug is nothing but a replica of the patent drug; it contains the same salt, is equally safe and has similar strength. It is approved after undergoing the various testing process that is used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to meet the drug safety standards.
A generic drug should contain active ingredients similar to the brand name, however, inactive ingredients can differ. Inactive ingredients include preservatives, colors, or other fillers. So, to offer a generic drug in the market it is important for a pharmaceutical company to market their drug with the bioequivalency proof to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
By bioequivalency, it means the generic drug should be absorbed in a similar speed as the brand drug. The guidelines keep changing as per the drug type and may be different for a different drug. According to the FDA, all the drugs, whether patented or generic must meet the FDA guidelines. No matter whether it is a generic or patented drug meeting the FDA standard is important. They perform drug inspection to be sure about the quality of drugs manufactured and sold. Also, most of the patent drug dealers on license expiration make the generic version of their patent drugs, however, they sell them in the market without any brand name.
To clear all the doubts on the generic drug, you can ask your pharmacist to show the Orange Book. You must be wondering what an Orange Book is. An orange book is a book that contains drug listings by their bioequivalency status. Your pharmacist has access to this book and can search by adding brand name and active ingredients of the drug.
If your doctor writes a prescription drug that falls under a brand name, then it’s your pharmacist’s job to call the doctor and talk about the substitutes available for that drug in a generic version. Also, you can call the doctor and ask to suggest the same drug in a generic version. You can ask a lot of questions to understand the generic vs. Brand name drugs. This will help you save on prescription drug costs too.