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Are generic drugs the same as name brand drugs?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
1 doctor agrees
In brief: ~15%
To be approved by the fda, generic drug manufacturers only need to demonstrate that their product is between 85% and 115% effective as the brand name product.
For most patients and physicians, this isn't a problem.

In brief: ~15%
To be approved by the fda, generic drug manufacturers only need to demonstrate that their product is between 85% and 115% effective as the brand name product.
For most patients and physicians, this isn't a problem.
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
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Dr. Alan Feldman
Although the above is true, problems occur when using medications that have a tight therapeutic range, such as thyroid hormone. If the generic dose is off by 15%, this is equivalent to a completely different dose of thyroid hormone (ie. 100 mcg vs 88 mcg). Hence people with no thyroid, or very little thyroid function should be on a brand name thyroid preparation, not generic.
Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes, but.....
Generic drugs are the same as the brand names, at least in the USA where their manufacture is carefully regulated.
However, not every person will respond exactly the same to a brand vs a generic often due to differences in the manufacturing process, fillers, dyes and other factors, including some that might be how one perceives the two medications.

In brief: Yes, but.....
Generic drugs are the same as the brand names, at least in the USA where their manufacture is carefully regulated.
However, not every person will respond exactly the same to a brand vs a generic often due to differences in the manufacturing process, fillers, dyes and other factors, including some that might be how one perceives the two medications.
Dr. Joseph Roosth
Dr. Joseph Roosth
Thank
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