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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Effient (Generic name: Prasugrel) is a new anti-platelet medication used to prevent blood clots in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who are undergoing a procedure after a recent heart attack or stroke, and in patients with heart disorder or blood vessel problems. Prasugre helps keep blood platelets from sticking together to form clots which can block an artery. Effient is a FDA approved drug provides new treatment for preventing potentially dangerous blood clots from forming and causing a heart attack or stroke during or after an angioplasty procedure. Take Effient exactly as it was prescribed for you.