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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Zovirax ophthalmic ointment is used for the treatment of herpes simplex virus infections of the eye.
Aciclovir (the active ingredient in Zovirax ophthalmic ointment) belongs to a group of medicines called anti-virals.
Zovirax ophthalmic ointment works by stopping the production of the herpes simplex virus. Zovirax ophthalmic ointment does not get rid of the virus from your body.
Zovirax ophthalmic ointment is only suitable for use in the eye.