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.
BICILLIN C-R is indicated to treat the following infections in adult and pediatric patients:
* Moderately severe to severe infections of the upper respiratory tract
* Scarlet fever
* Erysipelas and other skin and soft-tissue infections due to susceptible streptococci
* Moderately severe pneumonia and otitis media due to susceptible pneumococci
BICILLINr C-R contains both penicillin G benzathine and penicillin G procaine
BICILLIN C-R should NOT be used to treat syphilis