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January 16: When I buy a generic brand drug from Costcos or Walmart, the labels say they come from India. Are they okay to use?

CDER Director's Mailbag

Yes, they are okay to use. As with many consumer goods and other products used in the United States, a lot of medications or their active ingredients are made outside of our country. FDA works with pharmaceutical companies, whether based inside or outside of the United States, to assure that all drugs marketed in the United States meet specifications for identity, strength, quality, purity, and potency. Before approving a generic drug product, FDA requires many rigorous tests and procedures to assure that the generic drug can be substituted for the brand-name drug.

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