Generic Drug

few generic drug laying on a tableGeneric drugs are prescription drugs that have the same active-ingredient formula as a brand-name prescription drug. They are not patented, and usually cost less than brand-name prescription drugs.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that generic drugs are the same as brand name drugs in terms of quality, safety, strength, the way in which they work, and the way they are used.

The patient chose the generic drug option because it was less expensive and he believed it would work the same as a brand name drug.