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Switching to a Generic Could Help You Save

Learn more about generics and how you can start saving.

Generic medications are just as effective as brand-name prescription drugs, and they offer an average of 30% to 80% savings over their brand-name counterparts.*

Cost-saving generic medications are available for many prescription medications. And we make it easier than ever to find out if there's a generic equivalent that's right for you.

Comparing Generic Medications

Generic drugs offer the same quality and active ingredient as brand-name medications. They work just like their brand-name equivalents in dosage, strength, performance and use. Generic drugs are required to meet the same quality and safety standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

There are some differences that don't affect the way a generic medication works. Brand-name medications and their generic equivalents are legally required to look different. Inactive ingredients might be different, causing the generic drug to taste differently. And generic drugs are typically called by their chemical name.

Finding a Generic Equivalent

When you sign up for Prescription Management, you'll be alerted if a generic alternative is currently available when you order a brand-name prescription. You'll then be given the option to refill with the generic or remain with your current prescription.

If you have questions about switching to a generic, speak with your health care provider or your CVS pharmacist.

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Top 4 Reasons to Choose Generic Medications

  1. They're safe.
    Generic medications are tested and approved by the FDA, and they're manufactured in FDA-inspected facilities.
  2. They're effective.
    Generics are required to have the same active ingredients and must work the same as their brand-name counterparts to obtain FDA approval.
  3. They can save you money.
    Choosing a generic equivalent could save you 30% to 80% over a brand-name counterpart.*
  4. It's easy to switch to a generic.
    Ask your doctor to prescribe a generic alternative or ask your CVS pharmacist to contact your physician.

*Based on CVS Caremark retail cash prices.