What is the difference between generic medication and brand medication?

Category: Medical FAQ


Posted on July 2, 2017

A generic medication is a medication that is manufactured by a company besides the innovator of that particular medication. Due to expired patents on certain medications, other manufacturers are allowed to produce and sell the generic equivalent medication at a lower, more competitive price. A generic medication is bio-equivalent, meaning that it contains the equivalent active ingredient to the brand name medication. Due to strict regulations within the generic drug industry, these drugs must provide the same therapeutic effects as the brand name medication. However, there may be some variation in the size, shape, or color of the medication.