About Authorized Generics (AGs)
What are Authorized Generics?
Authorized Generics (AGs) are FDA-approved drugs that are made by the manufacturer of the original brand-name drug, but do not use the brand name on the label. All generics are bioequivalent to the brand (meaning they work in the same manner when given in the same way and at the same dose) and meet FDA's quality and manufacturing standards. AGs are also generally the same size, shape, and color as the brand-name drug. Sildenafil citrate, or Viagra®, is the only GREENSTONE Authorized Generic that looks different from the brand name. GREENSTONE provides Authorized Generics from Pfizer as well as other manufacturers, in addition to several generic products.
What is the difference between Authorized Generics and generics?
All generic drugs are approved and meet the FDA's quality and manufacturing standards. They are also bioequivalent to the brand, meaning they get to the part of the body where the medicine works at the same time and in the same amount. All generic medicines work in the same way and provide the same clinical benefit as the brand-name version. However, there are some differences between Authorized Generics and generics.
Authorized Generics are made by the manufacturer of the original brand-name drug*, but do not use the brand name on the label. Authorized Generics are also generally the same size, shape, and color as the brand-name drug. Sildenafil citrate, or Viagra®, is the only GREENSTONE Authorized Generic that looks different from the brand name.
Generics are made by a company other than the company that makes the brand-name drug. They may have certain minor differences from brand-name products, such as different inactive ingredients, and may be a different color, shape, and size.
*GREENSTONE provides Authorized Generics from Pfizer as well as other manufacturers, in addition to several generic products.
Are Authorized Generics priced higher than other generics?
Authorized Generics are on the same insurance plan tier as other generics, so they are sold at generic pricing. However, a number of factors, such as insurance co-pays, pharmacy charges, and savings cards will determine how much a person will pay for their medicine.
Does GREENSTONE provide Authorized Generics for brands made by companies other than Pfizer?
Yes, GREENSTONE also provides Authorized Generics for other original brand-name drugs from other companies.
Getting GREENSTONE's Authorized Generics
How do I find out whether there is an Authorized Generic for the medication I'm taking?
The FDA publishes a quarterly list of reported Authorized Generics and updates. The most recent list can be found here: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/abbreviated-new-drug-application-anda/fda-list-authorized-generic-drugs.
How do I get a GREENSTONE Authorized Generic?
GREENSTONE Authorized Generics are available at pharmacies across the United States. However, there are many manufacturers of generic medications, so what's in stock varies from pharmacy to pharmacy.
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What should I do if my pharmacy doesn't have my GREENSTONE Authorized Generic?
Since there are many manufacturers of generic medications, different pharmacies may carry different generics. However, pharmacists generally have the ability to order from different manufacturers, including GREENSTONE.
Ask your pharmacist if they can order a GREENSTONE Authorized Generic for you. We can also help you locate your GREENSTONE Authorized Generic here.