AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017

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New Study Confirms Different Generics Have Equal Efficacy when Treating Epilepsy

Can someone who relies on daily medication to control a severe, chronic condition expect approved generics to be equivalent to their brand-named counterparts in terms of active ingredients? A new study shows that as long as patients adhere to their treatments, two generics tested did not cause a detectable difference in clinical effects among patients in a trial. “It should give increased confidence to both clinicians and patients that existing regulations are providing generic drugs that can be safely substituted, even in cases where medicine is life-saving. Patients can now feel safe about substituting generics (of their antiepileptic drug) without concerns of interactions or undesired effects,” said Michael Privitera, MD, professor of the Department of Neurology and director of the Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute. To learn more about this study, click here.

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