Is EquivaMeds supported by pharmaceutical companies?
No. EquivaMeds is an independent information resource supported entirely by fees paid by the people, businesses and organizations we help. 10. Why EquivaMeds? While generic medications are the identical chemical composition of the brand drug, there are actually other medications in the same chemical class that are not identical but are often clinically equivalent. Our trade name, EquivaMeds, is short for “equivalent medications.” FDA Article: Facts and Myths about Generic Drugs 11. What is a drug “class”? Every medication belongs to a class of similar medications that work in the same manner. For example, several cholesterol lowering medications work in the liver to block a key step in cholesterol production by inhibiting an enzyme called HMG-CoA Reductase. By making that key step inactive, your liver makes less cholesterol. All medications that work in this manner belong to the same-class and are called “Statins.” This class includes Mevacor, Lescol, Pravachol, Crestor, Zocor and Lipi