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Generic Medications

Simply put, generic medications are usually less expensive than brand-name drugs. In fact, certain diabetes medications can cost as little as $4 a month through generic drug programs run by some of the major chain stores. Some of these programs may also offer a three-month supply for as little as $10. Make sure to check the details and restrictions of the programs, however, as some may require a membership fee and may charge higher prices.
 
Some people are concerned that generic products may not work as well as brand-name drugs. One common misconception is that brand-name medications are better because they cost more. People associate higher costs with higher quality. While this may be true for various other products, it isn't the case for medications.
 
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
 
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medications. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that can cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
 
It's important to mention a precaution for many people who are trying to cut some corners on cost. Some people may try to look online for cheaper type 2 diabetes medications. However, the safety and efficacy of medications bought over the Internet cannot always be guaranteed.
 
Although there are legitimate online pharmacies, many are phony. In fact, medications sold by illegitimate online pharmacies are often counterfeit and may be expired, may not contain any active ingredients, or may even contain harmful substances.
 
If you are searching for a legitimate online pharmacy, make sure it is licensed with your state board of pharmacy. There is also a list of Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS), which has been developed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). The pharmacies listed on VIPPS have been verified and are legitimate pharmacies to use.
 
(Click All About Generics to learn about other misconceptions, how generic medications compare to brand-name drugs, and more.)
 
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