Sunday, August 09, 2009

Drugs Generic Names

The term generic, is generally assumed to be a low-quality version of a trade or brand name product. This applies to major household and food items, but drugs are devoid of it. Generic drugs are just as effective as brand name drugs. In fact, generic drug makers manufacture many trade-name products for companies that control the trade names. Sometimes, more than one generic version of a drug is available. For example, many manufacturers sell versions of Acetaminophen.

The generic and brand names can thus be very different, but both can refer to the same drug of a common chemical name and/or structure.