The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers that some Web sites sell prescription and over-the-counter drugs that may not be safe to use! The FDA says that consumers should know how to recognize a legal Internet pharmacy and how to buy medicines online safely. Buying prescription and over-the-counter drugs on the Internet from a company you don’t know means you may not know exactly what you are getting. Although there are many Web sites that operate legally, there are also many “rogue Web sites” that offer to sell potentially dangerous drugs that have not been checked for safety or effectiveness. These sites often sell unapproved drugs, drugs that contain.
Forty four percent of all prescriptions written in the United States are filled as generics. Generics can cost 30 to 90% less than branded medications. How do branded medications become generic: New drugs are developed by innovators. Patents protect these companies’ investments by giving them sole rights to produce and sell the medication. When patents are near expiration other manufacturers can apply to the FDA to sell generic versions. Commonly asked questions about generics: What are generics? They are simply a copy of the original drug. Are generics safe? Yes, the FDA regulates all generic manufacturers similar to brand name manufacturers. Are generics as strong as their branded counterparts? Yes,.