The cost of prescription drugs has skyrocketed - and continues to rise. These costs affect everyone - whether you are currently taking a prescription drug or not. But there is something you can do about it: choose a generic over a brand name drug. Generic drugs are safe, effective, and approved by the FDA. They just cost you less. A lot less.
When you need a prescription, you may be able to cut down on your health care costs by asking your doctor if there is a generic instead of a brand medication that will treat your condition. Most generic medications are one-quarter the cost of their brand counterparts. Generic drugs lower your prescription costs without sacrificing quality. Today, approximately one-half of all prescriptions in the U.S. are filled with generic drugs. Generics are safe, effective – and they’re FDA approved!
|FDA reviews data showing the drug has the same effect on the body, usually identical in chemical structure to the one originally used in testing safety and effectiveness.|
|FDA evaluates good manufacturing practices before the drug is marketed.|
|FDA reviews active and inactive ingredients used in the development of the drug before it is marketed.|
|FDA reviews actual drug product.|
|Manufacturer needs FDA approval before making major manufacturing changes or changes to the drug ingredients or make-up.|
|Manufacturer must report adverse reactions (side effects) and serious health effects to FDA.|
|FDA periodically inspects manufacturing plants.|
|FDA monitors drug quality after approval.|
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