Generic Drugs: Are You Sure the Ones You Take Are Safe and Effective?
The vast majority of generic drugs are manufactured overseas in India, China and other countries where labor is cheap. Despite FDA assurances these companies are adhering to strict standards, the market is being flooded with drugs that do not perform as expected, are made in filthy plants or are contaminated with potentially deadly toxins. When your life depends on a medication, taking a generic could have tragic consequences.

Generic Drugs: Are You Sure the Ones You Take Are Safe and Effective?

There's disturbing evidence that some generics are not equivalent to brand-name drugs or may be unsafe. Here's what you should know.

In 1984, the U.S. enacted a law that allows generic companies to win FDA approval with limited tests proving their drugs are bioequivalent to the brand-name drug and perform similarly. It may not have exactly the same chemical composition, but it must act the same way in the body and produce the same results. It also must be made in the same format: pill, capsule or liquid. This is why, in theory, generics are considered equivalent to their brand-name counterparts.

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