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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People with diabetes often need to measure their blood sugar to prevent their blood sugar from becoming too high or too low. One Touch Verio is a device called a glucometer that can measure blood sugar.
People with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and some with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus need to regularly measure their blood sugar. Blood sugar readings can tell a person how well their medication is working if they have taken too much.
If you are using a glucometer, your doctor will tell you how many times you need to measure per day. The normal frequency is between one to four times daily.
When you first receive a glucometer, ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you how it works.
Your doctor should determine the high and low limits of your blood sugar. For most people, the low is 70 mg/dL, and the high is 180 mg/dL. The One Touch Verio comes preset with these limits.
Talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes regimen.
Wash the testing site with soap and warm water before puncturing the skin.
Never share the lancing device and never use it more than once.
Your blood sugar readings may be falsely low if you are dehydrated.
If you get several unexpected blood sugar readings, use the control solution to ensure the device is calibrated.
Check the expiration date on the test strips and control solution before use.