Did you know that 80 percent of all prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs? In fact, Americans save approximately $158 billion each year by not purchasing name-brand medications.
However, some people are still wary of buying generic drugs instead of relying on the name brand. This is because there are a lot of myths flying around about the nature of generic medication. Today, Williams Bros. would like to dispel some of them:
- MYTH: Brand name drugs work better than generics
FACT: A 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the effectiveness of generic cardiovascular drugs compared to their brand name counterparts. The researchers found that there was no evidence of the superiority of brand-name drugs.
- MYTH: The FDA allows a 45 percent different in the effectiveness of the generic drug.
FACT: Generic drug makers are required to follow the same rigorous standards when it comes to effectiveness as any other drug maker. This is done by measuring how much of the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream. It must be the same for both generic and brand-name companies.
- MYTH: It’s cheaper, so it must not work as well.
FACT: The reason why generic drugs are so cheap is because they don’t have to invest in the initial research. After the brand-name’s patent has expired, other drug makers are able to use their research and recreate it for a much lower cost.
- MYTH: Generic drugs are made under unsafe or unsanitary conditions.
FACT: Most generic drugs are made in the same facilities that brand-name drugs are made.
- MYTH: The government isn’t able to investigate claims of bad things happening when someone takes a generic drug.
FACT: The FDA monitors and investigates any and all claims of adverse incidents taking place after someone has ingested a drug—generic or name-brand.
At Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy, we believe that an educated consumer is a healthier one. Our expert staff can help you make the right decisions for you when it comes to your medication and home medical equipment needs. Stop by one of our many locations today, or check out the resource center on our website.