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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.
Neupro (rotigotine) patches are used to treat Parkinson's disease, alone or in a combination with other medications. The patch is specially designed to release medication over a 24 hour period. Neupro patches (rotigotine) have some of the same effects as a chemical called dopamine, which occurs naturally in the body. Low levels of dopamine in the brain are associated with Parkinson's disease. Neupro patches (rotigotine) are used to treat early signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease such as tremors and uncontrolled muscle movements.