I realize brand is more expensive, but are there differences in side effects or how well it works.
The original company that made the drug spent the money on advertising, etc. to get the word out about the drug that it created. We all know how expensive advertising costs can be. Once the patent expires, the population is already aware of the drug. So when companies begin to make copies (generic forms of the drug), they don't need to spend any money on advertising. That makes the price of the generic drug 30%-80% less than the cost of the brand name drug. That means a $100 brand name bottle could cost only $20 in it's generic form.
These generic drugs are often identical to their brand name counterparts. That makes the generic version just as effective as the original version. Generic drugs are also strictly regulated. So when you get a generic drug from your pharmacist you can rest assured that you are still receiving the best medical care that is proven both safe and effective.
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