After a number of years the patent expires, and generic drug manufacturers can begin making and selling copies of the brand-name drug under a generic name. Generic drug manufacturers are able to sell their products for lower prices, not because the products are of lesser quality, but because generic manufacturers generally do not have to pay for the costs of research and development, marketing and promotion.
- Q Why are there so many medication errors in hospitals?
- Q What are the pros and cons of big pharmacies versus small ones?
- Q What is the most powerful pill in my medicine cabinet?
- Q Will I have to pay for my drugs if I am in the assistance program?
- Q Should a sick child always get medicine?
- Q How do I know which medicine is right for me?