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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Monovisc injection is a product intended to be administered by a healthcare provider during a visit to the clinic. It is not available for prescription to the general public. Speak with your doctor before ordering Monovisc to ensure it is used safely.
Monovisc is used to treat pain in people who have osteoarthritis (OA). It is injected into the knee and can be used after other, less invasive treatments have failed.
Monovisc should be administered in-office by a trained healthcare professional. Do not attempt to administer Monovisc on your own without assistance from a healthcare professional.
The active ingredient in Monovisc is high molecular weight hyaluronan.
There are no significant drug-drug interactions with Monovisc.
Avoid strenuous weight-bearing activities for at least 48 hours after the Monovisc injection.
The safety of Monovisc in pregnant mothers is unknown.
The safety of Monovisc in breastfeeding mothers is unknown.
Monovisc should not be used in patients younger than 21 years of age.
Monovisc side effects may include:
Monovisc [package insert]. Bedford, MA: Anika; n.d.