• Higher costs do not necessarily mean better quality.
    Generics - a lower cost alternative

  • ARE THEY THE SAME?

    Yes, Generic medicines are evaluated by Health Canada to confirm that they are bioequivalent to their respective brands, that is, they are equal in terms of safety, the way they function in the body, and have the same level of high quality similar to their brand-name counterparts.

  • In CANADA,
    generics cost an average of
    60%
    less than brand-name drugs

  • Generic drugs accounted for 57% of all
    dispensed prescriptions
    in 2017

  • Generics are every bit as safe and effective
    as the brand-name drug

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LEARN ABOUT GENERICS, INTRODUCTION TO GENERICS

An introduction to the basic concepts of generic drugs and how it relates to Canada, including its definition, composition, classification and approval.

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WHY SHOULD YOU
CHOOSE GENERICS?

Evidence supporting the benefits of choosing generic drugs instead of the brand-name drug.

HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS THAT CAN BETTER FACILITATE YOUR DECISION IN SWITCHING TO A GENERIC VERSION.

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