Generic vs. brand name over the counter drugs
A brand named drug is a medication that is invented, made and marketed by a particular pharmaceutical company. When a new drug is invented, the company has to file a patent so other companies don’t try and steal the formula of the drug and start selling it. At the starting point the drug has two names. The generic name is the drug’s scientific one and the brand name is what the companies call it to market it well. The same rules apply to prescription drugs in addition to over the counter drugs. An example of this is the brand name pain reliever Tylenol with its generic name being acetaminophen. Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as the brand named drugs that are approved by the food and drug administration (FDA). Generics can only be made after the patent for the initial drug expires. Patent periods can last as long as twenty years on certain drugs. The same company can make a generic drug or a different company will most likely reproduce it in a cheaper form. The rules for generic drugs are long and for it to be substituted for a brand name drug, it has to have the same active ingredients (the chemical substance that makes the drug work). It also has to have the same dosage strength, which is the volume of ingredients. It needs to be in the same physical form it was first in; for example if the original drug was in pill form it has to be the same. The way that the medication is put into the body also has to be the same. It has to deliver similar amounts of the drug to the bloodstream. There are also many differences between generic and brand name drugs. Federal law requires that they look different; they could have different colors or shapes etc. They are also required to have different names and they may have differing inactive ingredients. Since drugs are made of inactive and active ingredients and some people may be sensitive to inactive ingredients like certain dyes used in drugs. Generic drugs...
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