A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Competact in the UK
ACTOplus met combines two proven blood sugar (glucose) lowering medications, ACTOS (pioglitazone HCl) and metformin, in one convenient tablet. Unlike some other oral diabetes medications that cause your body to produce more insulin, ACTOS helps your body make better use of the insulin it already produces. In fact, it makes the cells in your body more sensitive to insulin. When the cells are more sensitive to insulin, the sugar that's in your blood can pass more easily into the cells of your body where it's really needed. In a sense, insulin acts as a key that opens the door to the cells to let the sugar in. So instead of remaining in the blood, where the sugar can build up to dangerous levels, it passes from the blood into the cells and your blood sugar goes down Metformin works mainly by lowering the amount of glucose made by your liver When combined, these medications work as a team to help lower your blood sugar toward normal range.