Generic and Brand Name Medicines

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This six-page handout educates people about brand name and generic medicines. It explains that though brand name and generic medicines may have differences in appearance, taste, or cost, under U.S. law they must contain the same active drug ingredients and have the same effects, dose strength, use, side effects, and safety guidance. It uses a chart to compare generic and brand name medicines, and provides examples of medicine labels on name brand and grocery store brand packaging. The document discusses inactive and active ingredients, and provides recommendations to help people use medicines safely.

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Health Information Translations
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The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.
Development Method:
Translation from English text
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A qualified translation company performed an independent review by a second translator, and a client advocate.
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Keywords:
Drug packaging, Drug-related side effects and adverse reactions, Drugs, generic
Copyright:
In the Public Domain
Date Last Reviewed:
1/1/2012
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