Not All Generic Medications Are Created Equally

August 8, 2016

Most of the times, when given a choice of name-brand medications and generics, we opt for the lower priced versions.  After all, the generics should be the same ingredients, proportions and work the same, right?  Come to find out not all generic pharmaceuticals are created equally.  The FDA actually assigns letter grades when approving generics: An “A” means the drug is exactly the same as the name-brand, while a “B” might vary slightly in how it’s absorbed by the body. Get this, the FDA also allows the generics' concentration of active ingredient in the bloodstream to be as much as 20% below or 25% above the name brand. Should you avoid generics? For most generic medications, no. But if you recently switched from a brand to a generic and had unexplained side effects, changes in your lifestyle, etc., you might want to check and see how the drug was rated, if the inactive ingredients are different, or if the generic is being sourced by a new supplier. This information usually isn’t part of the drug’s literature; patients would have to ask the pharmacist for it.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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