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.
Joint Guard is a new product which helps maintain healthy joints in vets. It contains purified glucosamine hydrochloride which is the raw material for new cartilage growth, as well as an easy-to-absorb form of chondroitin sulfate which helps reduce ongoing cartilage damage. Joint Guard is also the only product for pets that contains MSM. It is the ideal option for all joint problems including prevention in younger vets.