Do generic drugs compromise on quality?

A new study raises questions about whether they're truly equivalent to the brand-name versions.

You've no doubt seen them in the grocery store — typically drab-looking packages on the bottom shelf containing lower-priced generic versions of popular brand-name products. Some shoppers look at them with skepticism: Are they really as good? Or does cheaper just mean lower quality?

Many people have the same questions about generic prescription medications, says Dr. Niteesh K. Choudhry, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and executive director of the Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Are generic drugs really the same quality, or is it better to spend more for the name-brand version?

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