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How Can I Get a Teva Medication

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Where can I find Teva medications?

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Teva's generic medications are available in most pharmacies, retail and mailorder, across the United States, though not all pharmacies carry the same Teva medications. To find out if your medication is available as a Teva generic, contact your pharmacy. If the pharmacy doesn't regularly stock a certain medication from Teva, ask if it can be ordered for you at no additional cost.

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

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Just sign up to receive periodic emails from Teva Generics and we will automatically notify you when new generics become available from Teva. You will also receive important health updates and important health tips for safeguarding your family's health

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I'm already taking a generic medication made by another manufacturer. How can I switch to Teva's?

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It is important to trust the medicine you are taking. With Teva's high safety standards, patients may feel more comfortable taking a Teva medication. Check to see if Teva has the generic version of the medication you're currently taking and ask your pharmacist if your prescription can be filled with the Teva generic. If an exact Teva match is not available for your medication, speak with your healthcare provider to determine if Teva offers an alternative product that may allow you to reach your treatment goals.

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Can I buy directly from Teva?

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Our medications are only available by prescription and can be purchased through your pharmacy. Teva only sells its medications to wholesale distributors and cannot sell products directly to patients.

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If I have a prescription for a brand-name drug, can I get a generic equivalent at my pharmacy?

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If a healthcare provider has prescribed a medicine by its brand name and a generic equivalent is available, the pharmacist will likely automatically substitute a generic equivalent, as permitted by law. However, in most states, a healthcare provider can say that he or she does not wish to have the brand name replaced with a generic. That's why it's important to tell your healthcare professional that you're interested in saving money with a Teva generic.

Check to see if Teva manufactures your brand-name medication as a cost-saving generic. If Teva does not make your generic yet, sign up to receive an alert when we do.

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How can I obtain a generic medication made by Teva?

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With a valid prescription, it's easy. Talk with your pharmacist about being switched to the FDA-approved Teva generic for your medication. If your pharmacy does not carry the Teva product, a pharmacist may be able to order the medication for you at no additional cost.

Pricing Information

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Why do generics cost less than brand-name products?

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Since generic drug makers do not develop a drug from scratch or conduct clinical trials already performed by the brand manufacturer, the costs to bring the drug to market are less; therefore, generic drugs are usually less expensive than brand-name drugs. But, generic drug makers must show that their product performs in the same way as the brand-name drug.5, 6

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How can I find the price of Teva's medications?

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Prices can vary between pharmacies. Simply contact your pharmacy to inquire about the cost of your medication, and be sure to tell your pharmacist if you have insurance.

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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. Please feel free to ask your doctor or pharmacist about switching to a Teva generic that's right for you. Teva does not offer an additional cost saving program for its generic medications.

About Teva Products

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How can I tell if I am taking a medicine made by Teva?

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The manufacturer's name is usually printed on the prescription bottle label or paperwork you receive. In some cases, "TEVA" or "TV" may be printed on the tablet or capsule. You can look for the product on our website. Or, ask your pharmacist, who can be a great resource for all your prescription questions!

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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 seven 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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Are Teva generic drugs approved by the FDA?

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When patents expire on brand-name medicines, Teva can request and receive FDA approval to manufacture and sell a generic version of the medicine.

Teva’s generic must meet strict FDA standards for purity and quality. It must also work the same way the brand-name product does. Our generic contains exactly the same active or key ingredients. It may only vary in appearance, flavor, or some of the inactive ingredients.

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Are Teva generic drugs as safe as brand-name drugs?

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Yes! Most reported side effects generally describe a known reaction to a drug's active ingredient, which is found in both brand-name and generic versions of the medication.5 The FDA reviews the safety of both brand and generic prescription drugs before they are approved for use and continues to monitor safety of these medications.6

General Generic Drug

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I have a brand-name product, so how can I tell the generic name?

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Actually, all brand-name drugs have a generic name. The generic name often appears next to the brand name and is the active ingredient in the medication. There are a few unique cases where the generic medicine may also have another name besides the active ingredient. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions.

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Will a generic medicine look like its brand-name equivalent?

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Probably not. That's because the appearance of a brand-name drug is trademarked by the original manufacturer, so the generic product might have to be a different shape or color. But, the active or key ingredients must be identical.6

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Is there more than one generic medication available for a brand-name product?

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It's possible. Several generic companies may manufacture a generic equivalent. Some patients feel more comfortable choosing a generic by a company they trust. Our Products page lists all medications available through Teva.

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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 research and development 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 seven 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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Where can I find more information on generic drugs?

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Please find below several helpful resources that can provide additional information on generic drugs:


1. IMS Health NPA Data as of MAT March 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

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