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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Countour is a type of blood glucose monitoring device that measures the level of glucose in the blood. People with diabetes mellitus may need to measure their blood sugar to determine the correct dose of medication.
Glucometers can be used by people with type 1 diabetes mellitus or type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Prepare a clean surface where you can lay out all the testing supplies.
Use an alcohol prep pad to wipe an area off the side of your fingertip. Do not use your thumb to test your blood sugar.
Wait for the alcohol to dry, and then use a lancet to poke a small hole in your finger.
Apply gentle pressure near the hold to form a bead of blood.
Insert a test strip into the glucometer.
Touch the tip of the test strip to the bead of blood until you get a reading.
The following supplies are needed to use a glucometer:
Ask your healthcare provider to teach you how to use a glucometer if you've never used one before.
If you receive an error code while using the Contour glucose testing meter, refer to the package insert to correct the error.
Do not change the dose of your antidiabetic medication without talking to your healthcare provider first.
Never share testing supplies with other people. Do not use a lancet more than once.
Check the expiration date on your test strips each time you use them.