Generic formulations of drugs using active pharmaceutical ingredients are an immense cost savings to patients and healthcare systems. On the other hand, questions remain as to whether generics are truly equivalent to brand name pharmaceuticals. Are the pharmacokinetics the same? Are they bioequivalent? While this is a difficult topic to research clinically, I would argue that the vast majority of brand name and corresponding generic drugs are indeed equivalent (though there ...

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My mother is stubborn. She occasionally approaches me for medical advice and, since I owe her more than words can adequately describe, I am happy to do what I can. Unfortunately, she is a stoic. She is also no fan of pharmaceuticals. She believes in baptism by fire, that pain purifies the soul, and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. So while she sometimes wants my medical advice, she ...

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