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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Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine is usually administered as an injection at your doctors office, hospital, or clinic. This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) in the original packaging, away from light. DO NOT FREEZE. Do not miss your doctor appointments while taking this medicine. If you must miss an appointment, notify your doctor as soon as possible.
All Injections must be injected by a practitioner who has medical and specialist training. The practitioner must be medically qualified.
HYLAN (HIGH-lan) Fluid containing hylan A and hylan B polymers.
IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL INJECTIONS for this medicine to work fully. Complete the full treatment course, even if you are already feeling better. KEEP ALL DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS while you are using this medicine. AVOID USING certain skin disinfectants (containing ammonium salts). FOR WOMEN IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.