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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Ketostix is a type of urine test that measures the amounts of ketones in the urine. When a person with diabetes’ blood sugar is too high, their body may try to use other sources of energy for fuel. The body may start to break down fats into ketones, which can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA is a medical emergency.
People with type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of developing ketones in their urine. There are many situations where someone with type 1 diabetes may need to measure their ketones, including:
Use the directions that came with the package to ensure you use Ketostix correctly. If misused, they can give a false result.
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After opening, the test strips expire in six months or the date on the bottle, whichever is first.
You must follow the testing instructions exactly, or the test can produce false results.
The test is most accurate when read by at least two different people.