Shopping for HIV Coverage : What About Generic Drugs? - by Tim Murphy

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
POZ Focus

Back to home » HIV 101 » POZ Focus » Shopping for HIV Coverage

Table of Contents

What Are My Health Care Options?

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Me?

What About Generic Drugs?

Can I Advocate for Better Access to Care and Treatment?

How We Did It

State-By-State Eligibility Map

Digital Version: See the issue exactly as it appears in hard copy

Survey: Tell Us What You Think!

What You're Talking About
Losing Hope (blog) (20 comments)

You Can't Hurry Love (14 comments)

I Watched Charlie Sheen on The Dr. Oz Show So You Don't Have To (blog) (14 comments)

Charlie Sheen S&%ts On 30 Years of AIDS Activism (blog) (13 comments)

Remember Their Names: World AIDS Day 2015 (blog) (12 comments)

Prudential to Offer Individual Life Insurance to People With HIV (7 comments)
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


What About Generic Drugs?

by Tim Murphy

A generic version of a drug can be sold in the United States when the patent for the brand name expires. Generic drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration with the same strict standards as brand-name drugs and are generally the same quality. The primary difference is the price.

So what does that mean for you? It depends on your current treatment regimen. If you are taking one of the newer drugs on the market, a generic version will not be available. If you are on an older regimen, you may be able to take a generic version of one or more of your drugs and save money on your co-pays. But you might have to take two or three different generic drugs rather than a combo version that’s still on patent.

When deciding on a treatment regimen, you and your doctor need to pick the one that’s best for you. If generics are an option, talk to your doc about the pros and cons of switching. Odds are you won’t notice the difference between the two, but if you do notice any changes after switching to a generic, be sure to discuss them with your doctor immediately.

Search: generic drugs, brand-name drugs, drug patents

Scroll down to comment on this story.


(will display; 2-50 characters)


(will NOT display)


(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules

Hide comments

Previous Comments:

  comments 1 - 1 (of 1 total)    

waiting, Worcester, MA, 2013-02-04 12:03:16
This article would be more informative if it listed the dates of loss of patent protection for common antiretrovirals.

comments 1 - 1 (of 1 total)    

[ Go to top ]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Has a pet helped you deal with your HIV?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.