Generic drugs are subject to the same FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approvals as the original ones, therefore they have the same quality. "A generic drug will be certified by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration of the USA) as being bioequivalent to the original version", explains Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, lecturer at Harvard Medical School. So, unlike a generic paper towel, a generic drug is certified to work similarly to the original, by virtue of the studies that generic drug manufacturers must perform to obtain FDA approval." For this reason, in certain states, pharmacists issue only generics, except for cases where doctors write "no substitution" on the prescription. If, as a patient, you request an original drug when it is available and a generic one, you will take more money out of your pocket," explains Dr. Eric Campbell, lead author of the study published by JAMA Internal Medicine and professor at Harvard Medical School. The insurance company will have to pay more for the original drug you requested, so "your request actually increases medical costs for the rest of the population," he adds. "Drug companies don't educate. Their primary mission is to sell," says Dr. Campbell.Comparison between the costs of prescriptions, per month:
High cholesterol - ZOCOR price - $16
SIMVASTATIN (Substitute) price - $8
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