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.
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BD Ultra-Fine Pen Needles are used to inject insulin from pre-loaded insulin pens. Pen needles should not be used with insulin vials.
If you have never used insulin pens with pen needles, ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you to use them.
Always read the directions for your insulin pen and pen needles. Pen needles can vary from brand to brand, and different insulin pens may have different sets of directions.
First, remove the cap from the insulin pen. Obtain a pen needle and remove the paper covering. Gently twist the pen needle onto the insulin pen. Remove the outer cover and inner cover to expose the needle. Inject insulin as you normally would per your prescription.
Never re-use pen needles and do not share them with other people.
Always check your pen needles when you get a new box to see if they are different than the pen needles you have used in the past. If you are unfamiliar with them, ask your healthcare provider to show you how to use them.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Redness, swelling, or itching at injection sites.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider.
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