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Generic drug

A generic drug is a prescription drug with the same active ingredient(s), but not necessarily the same inactive ingredients, as a brand-name drug that is no longer protected by a commercial patent.

A generic drug is therapeutically equivalent to the brand-name prescription drug, which means it works like the brand-name drug in dosage, strength, performance, and use. All generic drugs sold in the United States (U.S.) must be reviewed and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and meet the same quality and safety standards as brand-name drugs.