Let's pretend for a moment that in addition to generic medicines, we could buy generic cars. Imagine being able to buy that Mercedes-Benz you've always dreamed of—the same quality engineering, manufacturing standards, and safety record—essentially the same car. There are only two key differences: the name and the cost. Your Luxury German Sedan (instead of Mercedes-Benz) would work just as efficiently yet cost a fraction of the price.
That's exactly how generic prescription drugs are, too. When patents expire on brand-name medicines, they can receive FDA approval to be manufactured and sold as generic medicines. The generic version must meet strict FDA standards for purity and quality. Just as with the car example, the generic version contains exactly the same active, or key, ingredients as the original. Products may vary only in appearance, flavor, or some of the inactive ingredients. In fact, there are only two significant differences between an original and its generic equivalent—the name and price. And that makes generic medicines a real Smart-Health® favorite!
Generic prescription medications are manufactured in modern facilities that are required to meet the same FDA standards of good manufacturing practices as brand-name medications. Manufacturing facilities are inspected by FDA to ensure these practices are followed. FDA will not allow a drug to be manufactured in facilities that do not meet these standards.
Generic drugs get to "piggyback" on scientific research and clinical trials that have already been done by their branded counterparts. Since the FDA has already determined that the brand name medicine is safe and effective, all the generic manufacturer has to do is demonstrate that the generic medicine is the exact chemical equivalent—which is a great deal less expensive to do.
Absolutely! When a brand-name drug's patent expires, generic pharmaceutical manufacturers must apply to the FDA for permission to make a generic version. The generic drug must use the same Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient. The generic product is approved by the FDA once the FDA determines the generic product is equivalent to the brand-name medication.
Not exactly. That's because the appearance of a brand-name drug is trademarked, so the generic product might have to be a different shape or color. But remember, the active ingredients must be identical.
There can be several generic companies manufacturing a generic drug equivalent. Some consumers feel more comfortable choosing a generic by a company they trust. Visit the Medicine Finder to see which of your medications are available through Teva.
Generics are widely used and respected. Nearly 8 out of 10 prescriptions are filled with a generic drug in the US.
Teva is the largest generic pharmaceutical company in the U.S. and in the world. In fact, one out of every seven prescriptions is filled with a Teva product!1 Teva offers twice as many medications as any other generics company, so there's a good chance a medication you take is available through Teva. Visit the Medicine Finder to see a list of all of Teva's medications. 1IMS Health NPA data on file at Teva
Absolutely not. The generic drug must have the same potency and amount of the active, or key, ingredient that makes the drug effective. If the drug did not work the same in your body, it would not have been approved by the FDA.
Teva Pharmaceuticals is the leading manufacturer of generic prescription medications in the U.S. and worldwide. We make approximately 375 generic products covering a wide range of health concerns, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, respiratory illness, skin conditions, and women's health. In fact, 1 out of every 7 prescriptions in the U.S. is filled with a Teva medication.*
*IMS Health NPA data on file at Teva