Today, nearly 8 in 10 prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. The use of generic drugs is expected to grow over the next few years as a number of popular drugs come off patent through 2015. Here are some facts about generic drugs:
FACT: FDA requires generic drugs to have the same quality and performance as brand name drugs.
FACT: Research shows that generics work just as well as brand name drugs.
FACT: FDA is actively engaged in making all regulated products – including generic drugs – safer.
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