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Covering most health services that most Tennesseans need. 2nd Quarter 2013


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Understanding Generic Drugs

Your employees’ CoverTN Prescription Drug Program saves them money through the use of generic drugs.

A generic drug is a copy of a brand-name drug that has the same dosage, safety, strength, quality performance and intended use as a brand-name drug, as required by the FDA. A generic drug is also more affordable than a brand-name drug.

A generic equivalent is made with the same active ingredients in the same dosage form as a brand-name product, and provides the same therapeutic effects as the brand-name drug. Not all brand-name drugs have generic equivalents, but many do.

A generic alternative is a drug that may be used to treat the same condition as a brand-name drug. However, it may have a different chemical formula and ingredients.

Your employees should talk to their doctors or pharmacists if they have questions about generic drugs.


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