Generic Pet Medications

Many generic pet medications can be just as effective as brand names, but you may want to discuss with your veterinarian Often my clients will ask me about my thoughts on generic medications and if I feel they are just as effective as brand names. As far as I know in human medicine, generic drugs are as effective in most cases as more expensive name brands, and pharmacists indeed will fill generic alternatives whenever possible. In my opinion in most cases generic medications are also equally as effective but I have found that in some cases name brand medications still seem to outperform generic options on occasion.

Two common examples include the name brand thyroid medication Soloxine, which I have found has given better clinical results in my practice than less expensive generic levothyroxine alternatives. Another example includes the name brand drug Atopica.  I have yet to see the generic cyclosporine medications perform as well in the field.

In most other cases, including heartworm medications I have found generic drugs economic and safe alternatives for clients.  However, I would advise pet owners to check with their veterinarian on how they feel generics have performed for them in the field before making the change.

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5 Comments

  1. Although in agreeance with the fact of generics being equally effective in pet meds or human meds, Alls it takes is a partial gram to throw off the medication in the mixing process. Or even a second in time of the mixing process. Name brand and generics use to same formula but the care in the work environment is key. Such as lets hurry and get this done so we can get the next batch started. Well although it is the right mixture and you up the speed to cut down the time so to produce more, that simple step can change the med completely. Generic companies do these shortcuts a lot which is why your ibuprofen today is not necessarily the same tomorrow. I use generics myself, but for my babies it gotta be top of the line. They can’t really tell you if its working as effectively as the others, so I don’t put them through it.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you Jonathan for your observations and comments regarding generics. In most cases they are equal but youre other points are well taken. Thanks for contributing.

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing your comments on generics. As discussed most are equally as effective as name brands, but thanks for your observations regarding some short cuts taken by generic companies.

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