Strategies on the Internet to Discredit Generic Drugs (image) UNED National Distance Education University Share Print E-Mail Caption Generic drugs, which are copies of brand name drugs whose patent has expired, have exactly the same composition, quality, effectiveness and safety as their brand-name counterparts since they share the same active ingredient. Credit Zacharmstrong (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Usage Restrictions Image may only be used with appropriate caption or credit. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.