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Most medicines have two names - the unbranded (Generic) and the Brand name that the company who first produced it use.

The Generic name is part of the scientific name of the drug and will always be the same whoever, makes it, however, different companies will give the same drug different brand names.

Generic medicines  often look different because the manufacturer  has chosen a different colour, shape or taste.  This does not affect the active ingredient.

Generic medicines are just as safe and effective. By prescribing Generic medication, your doctor is saving money for the NHS which can be spent on other services. 

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