At RxNorth.com, we are committed to sourcing and delivering high quality affordable medication. To help pass the savings on to you, we offer the option of choosing a generic version of the drug you need.
In most cases, drug manufacturers hold patents on the drugs they make and sell. Patents have an expiration date, and when the patent on a brand name drug expires, generic versions of that drug can be manufactured and approved for sale. Generic drugs are less costly than their brand name counterparts, but are just as safe and must meet the same high standards for quality.
All generic drugs dispensed by RxNorth.com are safe to use. In fact, generic drugs must go through the same rigorous approval process for identity, quality, purity, potency and dosage as brand name drugs. To obtain approval from a regulatory agency such as the FDA or Health Canada, the generic drug must show it performs the same way as its brand name equivalent.
Generic drugs look different than brand name versions because trademark laws in many countries do not allow generic and brand name versions to look exactly the same. In generic drugs, certain inactive ingredients (for example, color) are not the same as those found in brand name drugs which makes them look different.
In many cases, the generic drug you receive has actually been manufactured by the same company which makes the brand name drug. The FDA estimates almost half of the generic drugs on the market are made by the brand name manufacturer*.
You can rest assured when you choose the more affordable generic version of your medication from RxNorth.com, the drug you receive is safe and has been approved by the appropriate authorities.
* Source: http://www.fda.gov/cder/consumerinfo/generic_info/generics_question_brochure.htm