One of the most common questions I get as a pharmacist is, “Are generics really as good as brand medications?” Unfortunately, there is no cut-and-dried answer. It’s not really a question of whether a brand drug is better than a generic drug, but whether the specific version of the drug you are taking is giving your body what it needs.
Two of the most common concerns patients tend to have about generic medications:
Are generic versions as strong as brand?
Many people believe that the often-cheaper price of generic drugs means that are not getting the same drug dose as you would. The FDA requires manufacturers of generic drugs to prove that the active ingredient in the generic version will produce the same result as the brand-name drug.
Though generic drugs have the same active ingredient, the inactive ingredients often vary (e.g., binders, fillers, dyes, etc.). Changing even one of these components can have a major effect on how the drug behaves. Different inact…