For people who regularly buy prescription medicines, one of the most common questions they may ask themselves revolves around the issue of generic vs. brand name medicines. The US FDA and Health Canada have already released statements confirming the safety of generic medicines, which are just as effective as their brand name counterparts are.
If you’re new to this debate, here’s a look at some of the terms you need to understand.
Brand name drugs
Brand name drugs are medications produced and distributed by companies that hold patents for these specific drugs. Brand name medicines are typically dispensed over the counter (OTC) or through a medical prescription.
Some examples of brand name drugs are:
Vytorn – Doctor’s recommend patients to buy Vytorin for high cholesterol management
Zithromax – A common antibiotic for the treatment of bacterial infections
Patents don’t last forever, and when the patent over a branded …