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Generic Drugs

Posted by on December 12th, 2017 Posted in: Health Information Literacy


In the United States, 9 out of 10 prescriptions filled are for generic drugs. Increasing the availability of generic drugs helps to create competition in the marketplace, which then helps to make treatment more affordable and increases access to healthcare for more patients.

The FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) within the Center for Drug Evaluation in Research ensures that people have access to safe, affordable generic drugs by following a rigorous review process that includes:

  • Managing the regulatory process to facilitate drug approvals,
  • Establishing science initiatives to research generic drugs,
  • Publishing data and reports on generic drug development and review, and
  • Offering educational materials and information.

Many people have questions about whether generic drugs are really as good as the name brand medications and, if so, why there is a cost savings. To help educate patients about FDA’s rigorous review process, the economics of pricing, and related issues, FDA offers a range of educational materials, including videos, graphics, fact sheets, and related resources. The FDA also provides an overview of the basics regarding the generic drug review process, FDA standards and pricing, and answers to frequently asked questions.

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Carolyn Martin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.​

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