Helpful Insights forPatients and Caregivers

Key Reminder

Compared to brand name medications, generic medications have the same:
  • Active ingredient
  • Strength
  • Form (capsule, tablet, injection)
  • Onset of action
  • Delivery methods (mouth, eye, ear)



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