How a Brand-Name Drug Goes Generic

genericIt starts with the development of a compound. The drug company gets a U.S. patent on the formula. This patent gives them a 20-year exclusive right to develop and test the compound and, if approved, to sell it as a patented brand-name prescription drug.

Until the patent expires, no one else is allowed to manufacture or sell the compound.

But afterwards, other companies can apply for permission to make and sell the same compound as a generic.


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Q: Why do I feel so lousy every winter?

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It could be Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is a type of depression that occurs at about the same time every year. It’s believed that, for some people, reduced sunlight disrupts the body’s natural rhythms and brain chemistry. You have trouble sleeping. You lack energy and enthusiasm.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is called SAD for short. And, some people with this form of depression feel sad.

But for guys especially, depression—whether it’s seasonal or not—is more likely to cause feelings of irritability, anger, and hostility.

The good news is that depression is treatable. It’s just as important to treat as any other condition that keeps you from enjoying life.