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Just what are generic drugs? Why are they cheaper? Are they as effective as name-brands?

Posted Mar 22 2012 9:01pm
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It seems as baby boomers age, so do their trips to the corner drug store for that small, white paper bag of prescription medicines.  Look at it this way:  At the grocery store, some customers prefer that “brand-name” can of creamed corn. You know…the brand you grew up with. Other customers go for the creamed corn, with the store-brand label, that costs a few cents less.  One could easily make the argument that both are as tasty.

In a way, the same principle holds for prescription drugs. There are the familiar brand names.  But in recent years, a lot more generic alternatives have surfaced.

Webmd has a great article that will answer just about any question you have about generic drugs.

According to the article, an estimated 44 percent of all prescriptions in the United States are filled with generic drugs.  The article quotes Dr. Gary Buehler, Director of the FDA’S (Food and Drug Administration) Office of Generic Drugs, as saying, “People can use them with total confidence.”

Read this article and learn all about generic medicine. Armed with this valuable information, you’ll be better able to consult with your doctor and make the proper decision — Will it be name-brand or generic?


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