April 27, 2010

Learn More About Generics for Heart Disease Medications

Posted in Heart disease tips, Helpful Heart Links, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:03 am by keepyourhearthealthy

In the book What To Do When You Have Heart Disease, a medication list is included at the back to help people decode their medicines.  Medicines go by 2 names: a brand name and a generic name.  Generics are cheaper but usually a slightly lower quality.  When you get your prescriptions you could end up with either type…even if your doctor wrote for only brand name medicines! Sometimes the pharmacy automatically switches to a generic in order to save you money.

Keep in mind that not all drugs are available to purchase as a generic.  Brand names are under an exclusive patent for up to 20 years after the initial filing for the patent.  Some pharmaceutical companies are even able to extend their patent and prevent generics from being produced.  For example, even though every drug has a generic NAME, the generic pills are not yet available for purchase in the U.S. for Lipitor or Plavix.  Their patents have not yet expired in our country so heart patients have no choice but to buy only the brand name.

So, how do you know what you are taking when there are several different names that could be listed on your bottle?  Ask your doctor or check out What To Do When You Have Heart Disease!

 

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