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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.
A BREAKTHROUGH in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) knee pain, HYMOVIS® is helping active people everywhere write their own story about moving past pain and back to the things they love in life. If a simple, two-injection regimen for convenient and e?cient OA treatment sounds good to you, take a moment to learn more – then start your own success story with HYMOVIS®.
HYMOVIS® is indicated for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy or simple analgesics (e.g., acetaminophen). HYMOVIS® is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity (allergy) to hyaluronate preparations or gram-positive bacterial proteins. Do not administer HYMOVIS® to patients with infections or skin diseases in the area of the injection site or joint. The safety and effectiveness of the use of HYMOVIS® have not been tested in pregnant women, nursing mothers, or children. The safety and effectiveness of the use of HYMOVIS® in joints other than the knee, or for use concomitantly with other intra-articular (IA) injections, have not been established. The effectiveness of repeat treatment cycles of HYMOVIS® has not been established. Arthralgia, transient pain, or swelling may occur after the IA injection. The incidence of arthralgia in the clinical study for HYMOVIS® was equivalent to the control group. No serious adverse events or pseudoseptic reactions were reported. Transient increases in inflammation following any IA hyaluronan injection have been reported in some patients with inflammatory joint conditions. Strict aseptic technique should be used by licensed medical professionals trained to deliver agents into the knee joint. Joint effusion should be removed prior to injection of HYMOVIS®. Do not use disinfectants containing quaternary ammonium salts for skin preparation as hyaluronan can precipitate in their presence. Patients should avoid strenuous or prolonged (eg, more than one hour) physical activities within 48 hours following the IA injection.