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How can my patients obtain a generic medication made by Teva?

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Patients can simply ask their pharmacist for an FDA-approved Teva generic in lieu of a brand name or other generic option. If their pharmacy does not carry the Teva product, they can ask if it can be ordered for them at no additional cost. If Teva does not carry the generic equivalent for a specific brand, an option is to view other Teva medications in the same therapeutic category to see if there is another Teva generic that could be prescribed instead.

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How can my patients find out when a Teva generic becomes available for a brand medication?

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It's easy! Just sign up to receive alerts about New Generic Drug Introductions, and we will automatically send a notification when new generics become available from Teva.

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How can my patients find the price of Teva's medications?

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They simply need to contact their pharmacy to inquire about the cost. Be sure to advise them to mention any insurance when placing the call.

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My patients are already taking a generic medication made by another manufacturer. How can they switch to Teva's?

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You or your patients can check the Products section to see if Teva has the generic version of the medication that they are currently taking. You can write on the prescription to dispense with Teva product.  If an exact match is not available, consider if a Teva generic from the same therapeutic class will help the patient achieve his or her treatment goals.

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Do patients think I'm giving them a lower-quality medication when I prescribe them a generic medication?

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Each year, more than 3.4 billion prescriptions in the United States are filled with generic versions of brand pharmaceuticals.1 With 80 percent of all prescriptions being filled with generics6, patients, pharmacists, and physicians clearly recognize the tremendous value of generics. A 2009 Harris Poll demonstrates that today's consumer has confidence in the safety, effectiveness, and sameness of generics, as well as an understanding of the savings generics provide. In fact, 81 percent of Americans state that they would choose a generic over a brand-name drug.7

Pricing Information

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Does Teva offer a Patient Assistance Program?

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Teva offers a broad line of affordable generic alternatives to brand-name medications. Teva does not offer an additional cost saving program for its generic medications.

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Why do generics cost less than brand-name products?

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Generic medicines benefit from the scientific research and clinical trials that have already been designed and conducted by their branded counterparts. Since the FDA has already determined that the medicine is safe and effective, generic manufacturers need to demonstrate that the generic medication has the exact active, or key, ingredient(s) as the brand and that it will be released in the body over the same duration as the branded product - which is a great deal less expensive to do. Plus, generic manufacturers do not need to pass along expensive advertising and marketing costs into the price of the medicine.5

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What is the financial savings from generics?

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Generic drugs represent 80% of prescriptions filled.6 For the consumer, this represents an estimated savings of $8 to $10 billion a year through retail pharmacies.5

To the industry overall, the use of FDA-approved generic prescription drugs saved the U.S. healthcare system more than $1.2 trillion over the past decade. In 2012 alone, generic use generated $217 billion in savings.2 In addition, savings from generic medicines continue to increase on average about 17% a year since 2007.2

About Teva Products

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Where are Teva products made?

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As the largest generic manufacturer in the world, Teva is able to offer more generic prescription medications than any other company. In fact, one out of every eight generic prescriptions in the United States is filled with a Teva product!1 In order to offer so many different medications and still maintain a high level of quality, we use close to 20 different Teva facilities to manufacture our products.3 The majority of our products are made in North America and by our parent company in Israel.3 Every Teva prescription medication sold in the United States is approved by the FDA. The FDA also inspects and approves each of our facilities (inside and outside of the United States) to ensure our products meet the same FDA standards of good manufacturing practices as brand-name medications.6

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How can I find product details for Teva medicines?

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The Products section of our website features in-depth product information, including details on Teva medicines, brand equivalents, FDA approval letters, prescribing information, and scannable barcodes. There are many options to easily search for a product. In addition, our Concise Consult brochure, containing in-depth information on the drug approval process, bioequivalence, and the impact of generics, can be ordered online.

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Are all generic drug manufacturers the same?

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No two companies are exactly the same. While all pharmaceutical companies - including generic drug manufacturers - must follow the same FDA regulations and undergo regular FDA inspections, differences between companies can be seen in their efficiencies and in their investment in quality, manufacturing, and R&D processes. Companies can be large or small in size, have many or very few years of experience, and offer a wide variety or only a small line of medications.

Teva is the largest manufacturer of generic drugs in the world and supplies one out of every eight generic prescriptions filled in the United States.1 With more than 100 years of experience, Teva is committed not only to meeting FDA standards, but to exceeding them, and providing affordable and quality medications.

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How can I find out when a Teva generic becomes available for a brand medication?

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It's easy! Just sign up to receive alerts about new generic drug introductions, and we will automatically send a notification when new generics become available from Teva.

General Generic Drug Information

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What is the generic approval process?

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Generic drugs undergo a rigorous review process by the FDA to ensure their quality prior to becoming available to patients. Multiple facets of a generic drug's bioequivalence, chemistry, and production are evaluated by the FDA prior to approval. Critical elements including drug components, drug stability, packaging, manufacturing processes, and facility descriptions must meet all of FDA's high standards.8

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What is bioequivalence?

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In order to meet FDA approval, a generic drug must contain the same active ingredient as its brand-name counterpart, be the same strength and dosage, and have the same route of administration. Bioequivalence means that the active ingredient in a generic medicine is absorbed into the body at the same rate and amount as the brand-name product and, therefore, will provide the same clinical results and safety profile.
The FDA has analyzed hundreds of bioequivalence studies and determined that small differences in blood levels - less than 4 percent - may exist in some cases between a brand and its generic equivalent. However, the FDA has stated that this minor difference is no greater than the difference that may exist between two different manufactured batches of the brand drug.9

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Can generics affect patient adherence?

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Yes! Overall, patients taking generic drugs are more likely to adhere to their therapy compared to patients taking nonpreferred formulary brand-name drugs, and they fill their maintenance medications more frequently when a generic is available.4 Why? Cost issues may lead patients to take prescribed medication inappropriately to make it last longer. Generic drugs are safe and effective and help your patients save money while keeping them on tract to reach their treatment goals.

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Why don't generics always look like the brand equivalents?

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The looks of brand-name drugs are trademarked. As a result, the generic equivalent will often differ in shape, color, flavor, or some inactive ingredients. However, the generic always contains the same active ingredient, so patients can be sure that it will work the same in their bodies.

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Where can I find more information on generic drugs?

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The Concise Consult provides detailed information on the drug approval process, the impact of generics, and information specific to the healthcare provider.


1. IMS Health NPA Data as of MAT March 2014
2. Generic Pharmaceutical Association. Generic Drug Savings in the U.S. Fifth Annual Edition: 2013. http://www.gphaonline.org/media/cms/2013_Savings_Study_12.19.2013_FINAL.pdf. Accessed January 15, 2014
3. Internal Data on File
5. FDA. Generic Drugs: Questions and Answers. Updated 09/03/2013. http://www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/questionsanswers/ucm100100.htm. Accessed January 16, 2014
6. FDA. Facts about Generic Drugs. Updated: 09/19/2012. http://www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/buyingusingmedicinesafely/understandinggenericdrugs/ucm167991.htm. Accessed January 16, 2014
7. [Press Release] Arlington, VA, January 26, 2009. http://www.gphaonline.org/gpha-media/press/gpha-says-new-harris-poll-confirms-that-consumers-believe-generic-medicines-are-the-right-choice-for-better-health-and-increased-savings.
8. Buehler GJ, Conner D. The Food and Drug Administration process for approving generic drugs [Online training seminar]. Office of Generic Drugs. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Published June 2007. Updated June 18, 2009.
9. Generic Pharmaceutical Association. Key Points. http://gpha.hfwebdev.com/issues/bioequivalence. Accessed January 16, 2014

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