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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SOVALDI is a prescription medicine used with other antiviral medicines to treat adults with chronic (lasting a long time) hepatitis C (Hep C) with or without cirrhosis (compensated). In those with Hep C genotype (GT) 1 or 4 infection, SOVALDI is used in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin. In those with GT 2 or 3 infection, SOVALDI is used in combination with ribavirin. It is not known if SOVALDI is safe and effective in adults who have had a liver transplant.
Active ingredients :Sofosbuvir Inactive ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, mannitol, and microcrystalline cellulose.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking SOVALDI? •Tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you have ever had hepatitis B infection, liver problems other than hepatitis C infection, or a liver transplant; if you have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis; if you have HIV; or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed. It is not known if SOVALDI will harm your unborn baby or pass into your breast milk. If you take SOVALDI in combination with ribavirin or with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, you should also read those Medication Guides for important pregnancy-related information.
SOVALDI can cause serious side effects, including: •Hepatitis B virus reactivation: Before starting SOVALDI treatment, your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check for hepatitis B infection. If you have ever had hepatitis B, the hepatitis B virus could become active again during and after treatment with SOVALDI. This may cause serious liver problems, including liver failure and death. If you are at risk, your healthcare provider will monitor you during and after taking SOVALDI.