Harvard Heart Letter

Generic heart medications

People with heart disease can save thousands of dollars by passing up brand-name products in favor of their generic equivalents. But many people still wonder whether generic medications are safe. Rumors abound: they aren't the same as brand-name medications; they are manufactured with cheaper ingredients; or even that people have died from taking generics.

Dr. Thomas Lee, co–Editor in Chief of the Harvard Heart Letter, says these statements aren't true.

"All generics sold in this country are safe, or the FDA wouldn't allow them on the market. They are essentially the same drug as the brand name," he says.

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