Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
Definition: Federal law that continues health care benefits for employees whose employment has been terminated.
Employers are required to notify employees of these benefit continuation options, and, failure to do so can result in penalties and fines for the employer.
An act that allows workers and their families to continue their employer-sponsored health insurance for a certain amount of time after terminating employment.
COBRA imposes different restrictions on individuals who leave their jobs voluntarily versus involuntarily.
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Definition: A drug which is exactly the same as a brand name drug and which may be manufactured and marketed after the brand name drug's patent expires (approximately 9-10 years after the brand-name drug entered the market).
Generic drugs cost significantly less than brand name drugs, and are identical in terms of efficacy, safety, side effect profile, and dosing.
Important exceptions to this may include drugs such as immunosuppressants or drugs with a "narrow therapeutic index" such as anti-arrhythmics.
"Narrow therapeutic index" refers to drugs that have a high rate of side effects at commonly administered dosages.