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the difference between generic and brand name suboxone

Suboxone is the brand name for the generic medication “buprenorphine/naloxone”. They are the same medication, and the generic medication works just as well as the brand medication.

In 2018, the FDA approved the first generic form of Suboxone with the hope that it would make buprenorphine therapy for opioid addiction cheaper and more likely to be covered by insurance companies. This is important for expanding access to Medication-Assisted Treatment for all patients who need it. 

As with all medications in the United States, the medication found in the generic version of Suboxone, simply called buprenorphine/naloxone, is the exact same formulation as the brand name. 

One positive thing about living in a country where medications are highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is that patients can feel reassured that the generic medications they are receiving are just as good as brand names while also being more affordable for patients. 

Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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