Oh, sorry. I was thinking of the generic tablet I used last year. Yes, I had to cut the Heartgard Plus product up or he'd just vomit it. I don't know why it hurts to cut it up since they are made to be chewed. But if I can't cut it up, I can't use it.
Let's talk about what generics are. A company does a lot of research and produces a product. It's patented, and they are the only one that can make it until the patent runs out. They charge a whole lot of money for their product, which isn't such an unfair thing. I say that because they did all the research to invent the product and if we don't pay a good price for it to pay them back, companies will stop doing such research and improving our health. (I say "our," because what I am saying applies to both meds for people and dogs.)
After the patent expires, anyone can make the product and these are called generics. I've been taking one for many years, and just developed another problem and started on a second one. I got my first prescription at Costco, but then found it was actually cheaper at my supermarket. So I got my second prescription there. When I went to get my third, the pharmacist pointed out that they switched to a new manufacturer, but not to worry because it was the identical medication.
But whether I was buying the original, more expensive product, or any one of the three generics I'd used, it was all the same medicine.
To categorically say that generics are bad for dogs doesn't make any sense to me.
What is possible, as is explained in the article I link to, above, is that there are some poor quality meds out there. And since they wouldn't be sold by the company that did the researched and invented the med, they would be generics. But that just tells us that we have to be careful about who manufacturers the product. And I'm sure pet med manufacturers aren't monitored as well as people med manufacturers are.
So... granted, there are going to be some bad generics out there. And if you avoid generics completely, you will avoid them. I'll grant you that.
But I object to the statement that generics as a category are bad for dogs, or people.
Tri-Heart Plus is FDA licensed, and I have decided to try it. I'll let you know if my dog dies.
For others reading this... BennyBear and I are both very outspoken, so don't think we're upset with each other. We do this all the time!