Frequently Asked Questions


Help for Your Patients

How can my patients obtain a Teva generic medication?

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Patients can ask their pharmacist for an FDA-approved Teva generic in lieu of a brand name or other generic option. If their pharmacy does not carry the Teva product, patients can ask if it can be ordered for them at no additional cost. If Teva does not carry the generic equivalent for a specific brand, view other Teva medications in the same therapeutic category to see if there is another Teva generic that could be prescribed instead. Prescribers can also opt to write a prescription for the Teva product.

How can my patients find out when a Teva generic becomes available for a brand medication?

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Instruct them to sign up to receive updates about new Teva generic drugs and we’ll automatically send an email when new generics become available.

How can my patients find the price of Teva's medications?

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They need to contact their pharmacy to ask about the cost. Let them know to mention any insurance when placing the call.

My patients are already taking a generic medication made by another manufacturer. How can they switch to Teva's?

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You or your patients can check Teva's online product catalog to see if Teva has a generic version of the medication that they are taking. You can write on the prescription to dispense with Teva product.  If an exact match is not available, consider if a Teva generic from the same therapeutic class will help the patient achieve his or her treatment goals.

Do patients think I'm giving them a lower-quality medication when I prescribe them a generic medication?

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Each year, nearly 4 billion generic and biosimilar prescriptions are dispensed. 07 Nearly 90% of all prescriptions are filled with generics, yet generics account for only about 18% of prescription drug spend. 06 We hope you will continue to be an ambassador for affordable healthcare for your patients. It has been shown that physician instructions can help alleviate their concerns. 07

Pricing Information

Does Teva offer a Patient Assistance Program?

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Teva does not offer an additional cost-saving program for its generic medications. However, Teva offers a broad line of affordable generic alternatives to brand-name medications.

Why do generics cost less than brand-name products?

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Generic drugs are less expensive than brand-name drugs because generic manufacturers do not:04

  • develop a medicine from scratch
  • repeat costly clinical trials and research which brand manufacturers have already done
  • conduct expensive advertising and marketing programs

Of course, we still must show the FDA that our product performs the same as the brand-name medicine.

Generic manufacturers do not set the price at the pharmacy so prices can vary between pharmacies. Patients should contact their pharmacy to inquire about the cost of their medication, and let the pharmacist know if they have insurance.

What is the financial savings from generics?

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Generic drugs represent 90% of prescriptions filled. In 2020, this represented a yearly savings that exceeded $338 billion, an increase of more than $23 billion from 2019. To the industry overall, the use of FDA-approved generic prescription drugs saved the U.S. healthcare system nearly $2.4 trillion over the past ten years. 06

About Teva Products

Where are Teva products made?

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Teva operates 46 manufacturing facilities in 22 countries. These facilities manufacture solid dosage forms, sterile injectables, liquids, semi-solids, inhalers, transdermal patches, and other medical devices. 02 The FDA inspects each of our facilities (inside and outside of the United States) to ensure our products meet the same FDA standards of good manufacturing practices as brand-name medications. 03 Did you know that one out of every twelve generic prescriptions in the United States is filled with a Teva product? 01

How can I find product details for Teva medicines?

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Teva's online product catalog features product information, including details on Teva medicines, brand equivalents, FDA approval letters, prescribing information, and scannable barcodes. There are many options to easily search for a product.

Are all generic drug manufacturers the same?

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No two companies are exactly the same. However, all pharmaceutical companies - including generic drug manufacturers - must follow the same FDA regulations and undergo regular FDA inspections. 03

Teva supplies one out of every twelve generic prescriptions filled in the United States. 01 With 120 years of experience, Teva is committed to meeting and exceeding FDA standards and providing affordable and quality medications. 02

How can I find out when a Teva generic becomes available for a brand medication?

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Sign up to receive periodic emails from Teva Generics and we will automatically notify you when new generics become available from Teva.

Did Teva acquire Actavis Pharmaceuticals?

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Yes, Teva Pharmaceuticals acquired Actavis Generics. The acquisition has allowed us to offer you even more generic drug options! Your patients may notice that some of the products we acquired still have Actavis labeling. You can learn more about the Actavis acquisition by contacting our customer service team at TevaCS@tevapharm.com or 800 545 8800.

How can I get additional information on a Teva product?

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You can request information for any Teva product by contacting Teva’s customer service team at TevaCS@tevapharm.com or 800 545 8800.

General Generic Drug Information

What is the generic approval process?

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Generic drugs undergo a rigorous review process by the FDA to ensure their quality prior to becoming available to patients. Multiple facets of a generic drug's bioequivalence, chemistry, and production are evaluated by the FDA prior to approval. Critical elements including drug components, drug stability, packaging, manufacturing processes, and facility descriptions must meet all of FDA's high standards. 08

What is bioequivalence?

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All approved generic drug substitutes must be bioequivalent to the approved brand product. Products are bioequivalent to each other when their absorption and rate of absorption in the body are nearly the same. 09 This ensures the generic equivalent will work the same way in the body as the brand product. The average variance between brand and generic drugs has been found to be similar to variance between batches of the same branded product! 04  

Why don't generics always look like the brand equivalents?

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The looks of brand-name drugs are often trademarked. As a result, the generic equivalent will often differ in shape, color, flavor, or some inactive ingredients. However, the generic always contains the same active ingredient, so patients can be sure that it will work the same in their bodies. 03

What’s an Authorized Generic?

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An Authorized Generic is a pharmaceutical product that a brand company produces under a New Drug Application (NDA) and then it is marketed and distributed like a generic product. Because it is produced by the brand company, it is the same exact product as the brand product and is often available at a lower cost. 05

Where can I find more information on generic drugs?

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Please find below several helpful resources that can provide additional information on generic drugs:

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References

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    IQVIA NPA Data (as of MAT September 2021) on file at Teva.

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    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited 2020 Annual Report.

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    FDA. Generic Drug Facts. Content current as of: 06/01/2018.
    https://www.fda.gov/drugs/generic-drugs/generic-drug-facts. Accessed October 8, 2021.

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    FDA. Generic Drugs: Questions and Answers. Content current as of: 03/16/2021. http://www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/questionsanswers/ucm100100.htm. Accessed October 8, 2021.

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    FDA. FDA List of Authorized Generic Drugs. Content current as of: 10/01/2021. 
    https://www.fda.gov/drugs/abbreviated-new-drug-application-anda/fda-list-authorized-generic-drugs. Accessed October 8, 2021.

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    Association for Accessible Medicines. "The U.S. Generic & Biosimilar Medicines Savings Report, October 2021".

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    Dunne, Suzanne S. & Dunne, Colum P. (2015, June). BMC Med. Retrieved January 2017 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4520280/. Accessed January 19, 2017.

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    FDA. The Generic Drug Approval Process. Content current as of: 11/20/2017. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/news-events-human-drugs/generic-drug-approval-process. Accessed 10/8/2021. 

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    FDA. CFR - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21. Current as of: April 1, 2020. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=320.23. Accessed October 13, 2021.