Understanding Name Brand Drugs - Examples & Differences

What is a Name Brand Drug and How Does it Differ from a Generic Drug?

A name brand drug, also known as a brand-name drug, is a medication that is manufactured and sold by a specific pharmaceutical company under its own unique name. Name brand drugs are developed and marketed by the company that holds the patent for the drug, which gives them the exclusive right to sell it.

Examples of name brand drugs include Lipitor (for high cholesterol), Prozac (for depression), Viagra (for erectile dysfunction), and Humira (for autoimmune disorders). These drugs are often more expensive than generic drugs because the companies that produce them have invested significant amounts of money in research and development, as well as marketing and advertising.

It’s important to note that the name brand drug and its generic version may contain the same active ingredient and offer the same therapeutic effect, but the non-proprietary, generic version is usually less expensive. The generic version can be produced and sold by multiple companies once the patent on the name brand drug has expired.