Frequently Asked Questions
Help for your Patients
A. Patients can 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, patients 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, view other Teva medications in the same therapeutic category to see if there is another Teva generic that could be prescribed instead. Prescribers can also opt to write a prescription for the Teva product.
A. Instruct them to sign up to receive alerts about new Teva generic drugs and we’ll automatically send a notification when new generics become available.
A. They need to contact their pharmacy to ask about the cost. Let them know to mention any insurance when placing the call.
A. 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.
A. Each year, more than 3.86 billion prescriptions in the United States are filled with generic versions of brand pharmaceuticals. Nearly 90% of all prescriptions are filled with generics. While the demand for generic drugs grows each year. 7 We hope you will continue to be an ambassador for affordable healthcare for your patients. It has been shown that physician instructions can help alleviate their concerns.8
A. Teva does not offer an additional cost saving program for its generic medications. However, Teva offers a broad line of affordable generic alternatives to brand-name medications.
A. Developing and marketing a new brand drug takes time and money. Research and clinical trials must be conducted for a brand product to prove the effectiveness to the FDA. Following the FDA's approval of the drug more time and money is spent marketing the product. Luckily, generic drugs are able to benefit from the work the brand product company has already done. Since the FDA has already determined that the medicine is safe and effective, generic manufacturers only need to demonstrate that the generic medication has the same active, or key, ingredient(s) as the brand and that it will work the same way in the body as the brand. This is all a great deal less expensive to do. Plus, typically multiple generic manufacturers will be approved to sell the same generic drug, often bringing the price down through healthy competition.5
A. Generic drugs represent 89% of prescriptions filled.7 For the consumer, this represents an estimated savings of $8 to $10 billion a year through retail pharmacies.9
To the industry overall, the use of FDA-approved generic prescription drugs saved the U.S. healthcare system more than $1.46 trillion over the past decade. In 2015 generic use generated $227 billion in savings.8
About Teva Products
A. 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!2 We use approximately 30 different Teva facilities to manufacture our products. Many of our products are made in North America and by our parent company in Israel.3 The FDA inspects 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.4
A. 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 Teva Generics Drug Guide, a comprehensive drug handbook providing brand-to-generic cross-references, the Teva product portfolio listing, and helpful reference tools can be ordered online.
A. No two companies are exactly the same. Differences between companies can be seen in their efficiencies and in their investment in 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. However, all pharmaceutical companies - including generic drug manufacturers - must follow the same FDA regulations and undergo regular FDA inspections.4
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.2 Teva also markets 9 of the top 10 most commonly dispensed generic medications.10 With more than 110 years of experience, Teva is committed to meeting and exceeding FDA standards and providing affordable and quality medications.3
A. Sign up to receive alerts about new Teva generic drugs, and we will automatically send a notification when new generics become available from Teva.
A. Yes, Teva Pharmaceuticals acquired Actavis Generics. The acquisition has allowed us to offer you even more generic drug options! Your patients may notice that some of the products we acquired still have Actavis labeling. You can learn more about the Actavis acquisition here, or contacting our customer service team at TevaCS@tevapharm.com or 800.545.8800.
A. You can request information for any Teva product by contacting Teva’s customer service team at TevaCS@tevapharm.com or 800.545.8800.
General Generic Drug Information
A. 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.11
A. All approved generic drug substitutes must be bioequivalent to the approved brand product. Products are bioequivalent to each other when their absorption and rate of absorption in the body are nearly the same.12 This ensures the generic equivalent will work the same way in the body as the brand product. The average variance between brand and generic drugs has been found to be similar to variance between batches of the same branded product!5
A. The looks of brand-name drugs are often 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.4
A. An Authorized Generic is a pharmaceutical product that a brand company produces under a New Drug Application (NDA) and then it is marketed and distributed like a generic product. Because it is produced by the brand company, it is the same exact product as the brand product and is often available at a lower cost.6
FDA. Be safe Rx. Updated 9/24/2013. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/BuyingMedicinesOvertheInternet/BeSafeRxKnowYourOnlinePharmacy/ucm294170.htm#risks. Accessed January 19, 2017.
IMS Health NPA Data as of MAT June 2017
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FDA. Facts about Generic Drugs. Updated: 06/28/2016. http://www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/buyingusingmedicinesafely/understandinggenericdrugs/ucm167991.htm. Accessed January 19, 2017.
FDA. Generic Drugs: Questions and Answers. Updated 01/03/2017. http://www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/questionsanswers/ucm100100.htm. Accessed January 19, 2017.
FDA. FDA List of Authorized Generic Drugs. Updated 01/03/2017. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/HowDrugsareDevelopedandApproved/ApprovalApplications/AbbreviatedNewDrugApplicationANDAGenerics/ucm126389.htm. Accessed January 19, 2017.
Generic Pharmaceutical Association. 2016 Generic Drug Savings & Access in the United States Report. http://www.gphaonline.org/media/generic-drug-savings-2016/index.html. Accessed January 19, 2017.
Dunne, Suzanne S. & Dunne, Colum P. (2015, June). BMC Med. Retrieved January 2017 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4520280/. Accessed January 19, 2017.
FDA. What are Generic Drugs. Updated 06/19/2015. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingGenericDrugs/ucm144456.htm. Accessed January 19, 2017
IMS Health NPA Data as of December 2016
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 06/06/2016. Accessed January 19, 2017.
FDA. CFR - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21. Updated 4/1/16. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=320.23. Accessed January 19, 2017