Same Quality, Safety and Efficacy as Brand Name Drugs
All drugs (brand-name and generic) are reviewed and authorized for sale by Health Canada before they are available for prescription.
Generic medicines work the same way in the body as the original brand-name drug.
Same Active Ingredients
Generic drugs have the same active ingredient (the chemical that makes the drug work) to work the same way in the body as the brand-name drug.
Generic drugs must also have the same amount of active ingredient in the prescription.
The non-medicinal ingredients, such as fillers and preservatives, may be different from the brand-name product, but they are also regulated and subject to the same review process.
Same Manufacturing Standards
To receive a license to manufacture and sell drugs in Canada, both brand-name companies and generic drug companies must follow the same Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines, which ensure consistent production and quality standards.