Generic Drugs: Separating Fact from Fiction

Posted on February 02, 2018   |   

Generic COPD drugs What is the difference between generic and brand-name drugs? Does the lower cost of a generic drug mean quality is compromised? There are many misconceptions about generics.

The COPD Foundation and the CHEST Foundation have teamed up to separate fact from fiction.

Fast Facts:

  • Eighty-nine percent of prescriptions dispensed in the United States are for generic drugs
  • Generic drugs cost 80-85 percent less than their originator brand-name products
  • Generic products are required to have the same active ingredient as their brand-name counterparts
  • Generic drugs are the same as a brand-name drug in terms of active ingredient, dosage, strength, safety, quality, the way it works and the time for it to work

It is important to note that the lower price of generics does not mean they are lower quality! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires generic companies to meet the same manufacturing standards as brand-name products. Learn more and download free educational materials at


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  • I know that often I can use a Generic but sometimes it just doesn't work for me .. OR I have a reaction to it .. I was told it could be the difference in the NON active ingredients ... Honestly I am not sure but I know it is not just in my head ...
  • I do know that I must have the name brand drug Synthroid for my thyroid. There is a difference when using the generic. The surgeon that removed my thyroid told me never to use the generic.
    • My H is also in brand-name synthroid. His internist strongly recommends he stay on it as the fidingbus consistent a has been good for the other patients. It is not a huge cost so we have stuck with the brand name.