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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Synvisc One (Hylan) is an injectable lubricant made from a natural substance called hyaluronan. It is used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee, specifically for patients who have failed other therapies. Synvisc One works by lubricating the joint and providing shock support to decrease pain and improve mobility. A single treatment of Synvisc One can provide pain relief for up to six months. You can buy Synvisc One as a 48mg/6mL syringe. Keep Synvisc One stored in its original packaging at room temperature.
Synvisc side effects include: