Dr Oz: Are Brand Name Drugs Better Than Generic?
Dr. Oz sat down with Dr. Tod Cooperman of Consumer Lab to talk about vitamins and other supplements. Dr. Oz is very concerned that you might not be getting what you pay for so he shared what to look for the next time you visit your local drugstore.
Dr Oz: Generic vs Brand Name Drugs
Even though generic drugs can save you a lot of money, Dr. Oz warns they are not necessarily as effective as their brand name counterpart, so he shared the information you need to make the right decision before you fill your next prescription. Dr. Tod Cooperman explained the FDA has less strict guidelines in place for generic drugs than they do for brand name drugs. He says the quality of a drug can even differ among generic drugs, with several variations of the same one ranging in what they provide you in each pill. Dr. Oz showed a graphic to illustrate what Dr. Cooperman explained.
- Brand Name Drugs: You get 100% of what you are supposed to absorb.
- Generic Drug: Gives you 80% absorption
- Generic Drug Refill: Gives you 125% absorption because it might be from a different company than your original prescription.
Dr Oz: Generic Drugs To Avoid
Dr. Tod Cooperman shared which medications you should avoid in generic form because they are drugs that need to be kept in a very narrow range in your blood, with too much being toxic and too little meaning it will not work.
- Blood pressure medication
- Thyroid medications
- Anti-seizure medications
- Asthma medication
- Blood thinners