Generic drugs: FAQ

Are generic drugs the same?

Generics often have a colour, taste, or combination of inactive ingredients other than the original medicines. This is normal because trademark laws do not allow generics to exactly match the originals. But the active ingredients must be the same in both formulations so that both drugs work the same.

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Who makes generic drugs?

Another misconception is that generics are of lower quality. It should be noted here that the health authorities responsible for drug quality require that generic drugs be as safe and effective as brand-name drugs. Existing standards are the same for all pharmaceutical companies. Many companies produce both branded and generic drugs. In fact, 50% of the production of generics is made by brand companies.

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Why is generic cheaper?

Many start to worry, because generics are much cheaper than branded versions. People are wondering if the quality and effectiveness of the drug are compromised because of its low price. In fact, generics are cheaper only because manufacturers did not have the costs of researching, developing, marketing and promoting a new drug. The granted patent gives the company the exclusive right to sell the drug only for the duration of the patent. When a patent expires, other manufacturers may apply for permission to manufacture and sell generics. When many companies start producing and selling these drugs, competition between them can also lower the price.

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Are generic drugs as good as a name brand?

Generics are copies of branded medicines that have exactly the same dosage, the same methods of use and the same side effects as the original drug. A common misconception is that generics need more time to work. But this is a myth, because generics are as fast and effective as branded products, and have the same pharmacological effects as their counterparts.

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Generic or original medicine?

All generic tablets sold here were developed by pharmaceutical companies located in India and are FDA-approved companies.

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Are generic drugs less effective?

The shape and colour of the medicine may differ from the original, depending on the manufacturer. But one thing is certain: generics contain exactly the same active ingredients as the original drugs. Generics contain the same amount of active ingredient and provide the same healing effect.

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Why are generics cheaper?

Original brand companies incur significant costs through numerous research, development and advertising. Generic companies no longer invest in research and do not pay for advertising and marketing. They just need to buy a chemical formula for the production of generics. That’s why the price of generics is slightly lower than branded medicines.

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What does generic mean in drugs?

Generic drugs are manufactured and distributed without patent protection. Generic contains the same active ingredient as the original medicine. Generics are identified by chemical name, not a brand. After the expiration of the original drug patent, other pharmaceutical companies may be entitled to manufacture it.

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