A Veterinarian’s View on Generic Pet Medications
With the expanding world of expensive drugs and pharmaceuticals in both human and veterinary medicine, it’s always a welcome relief when a patent has expired because less expensive but chemically identical generic drugs come out. In human medicine, the standards for producing a generic drug are equal to that of a name brand, which is why when filling prescriptions a generic drug is usually filled if available.
While in veterinary medicine, the standards may not be the same, I have found that most of the generic drugs available in veterinary medicine perform equally as well as the name brands. For example, I have found Iverhart equal to Heartgard in reliability and performance for heartworm prevention. Carprofen is another example of a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug that in my experience also performs equally as well for pain relief as its brand name predecessor, Rimadyl. There are many other examples of generic medicines performing equally as well as name brand drugs in veterinary medicine. So, if they are available to you, I highly recommend their use as a more economic alternative.