What’s the difference between generic and brand-name drugs?


Generic drugs are usually less expensive than brand-name drugs. Generic drugs are similar to their brand-name counterparts in dosage, strength, usage, quality, and performance, but they aren’t advertised like brand-name drugs.

Review your drug formulary to see the prescription drugs, both generic and brand-name, that are covered by your health insurance plan. If a drug you have been prescribed is not covered, contact your provider, pharmacist and health insurance company to see if there is a generic drug or an alternate medication that you can use.