Generic medications are safe and effective

If you are concerned about taking a generic medication instead of brand name, don't be. Your generic medication has been proven to be safe and effective!

  •  All generic medications are required to have the same active ingredients, strength, dosage form, and route of administration as the brand name medication. 
  • All generic medications must meet the same quality and safety standards as the brand name medication.[1] 
  • All generic medications must be the same (bioequivalent) to the brand name medication in order to obtain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medication levels are measured in the bloodstream after a medication is administered, the generic medication must produce the same medication level in the blood stream as the brand name medication. If the same level is achieved in the bloodstream that means the medication will work the same. 
  • All generic manufacturing, packaging, and testing sites must pass the same quality standards as the brand name product manufacturing sites. In fact, many generic medications are made in the same manufacturing plants as brand name products! [1] 
  • The FDA monitors adverse effects for all approved medication products, this includes generic medications. All reports are monitored and investigated by the FDA to help make all approved medication products safer. [1]

For more information about the safety and effectiveness of generic medications, visit:

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/QuestionsAnswers/ucm100100.htm

[1] Understanding Generic Drugs: Facts about Generic Drugs, 2012 updated 4/4/2012 [cited April 
25, 2012]; Available online from http://www.fda.gov