Generic Drug Facts

Generic medications are drugs that are the same as their brand-name versions in dosage, safety, quality and how they’re used. Generic drugs are not manufactured under a brand name or trademark. The color and shape of a generic drug must be different from its brand-name counterpart, but the active ingredients are the same for both.

If you want to save the most on your prescription drug costs, consider generic drugs. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires generics to have the same quality, strength, purity and stability as their brand-name counterparts. The FDA holds generics to the same strict safety and performance standards as brand-name drugs. There are generics available to treat many conditions and many people find them to be a good choice. In fact, seven out of every 10 prescriptions are now filled with generics. Ask your doctor if generics are right for you. You can learn more about generics on the FDA’s website. (This link leads to a third party website. The FDA is solely responsible for the contents and privacy policy on its site.)

View a list of popular brand-name drugs with generic equivalents.