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Buying and Using Medicine
Get answers to common questions about buying and using medications.
The FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database tracks information from reports about problems associated with medical products. The FDA releases quarterly reports based on information from FAERS to help medical professionals and the public learn about potential safety issues with specific medical products.
The FDA regulates dietary supplements such as vitamins and herbs as food products.
Find the Generic Equivalent to a Brand Name Prescription Drug
The difference between generic drugs and brand names (non-generic) is based on several factors:
Inactive ingredients may vary from brand name
By FDA standards, generic drugs have met the same rigid standards as brand name drugs such as active ingredient, dosage form, and strength. Generics often cost less than non-generic drugs because of the cost associated with bringing a new drug to the marketplace. Developing a new brand name drug requires clinical trials, and advertising budgets to build awareness about a product. Because generic medications are cheaper does not mean they are less effective.