Home > Medical > Meds and you > Multimedia Original vs generic medicine Generic medicine is exactly the same in terms of safety, quality and effectiveness and bioidentical to brand-name medication. Brand-name vs generics Healthcare Triage discusses the differences between generic medication and brand-name or original medication. Medicines that changed history It is very difficult to imagine a world without medication for diseases. Or for that matter a world without any painkillers. The research and development of medication have come a long way. Here are some medicines that have changed human history.