Facts About Generic Drugs.
Have you ever thought it over that the only thing which differs the drugstore brand of ibuprofen from Advil is the price, which is two times higher in the case of the latter? Or have you ever thought why won't you find any expensive generic drugs on the market? If so, please, read some amazing facts about these generic drugs.
1. Why are generic drugs less expensive than brand ones, though the quality of both is equal?
These generic versions of drugs are really cheaper, because their production and sale cost less money. In contrast to brand-name manufactures, the producers of generic drugs don't do any research; they also don't spend money on trade or commercial. We pay so much money for brand-name products, because the cost of the advertisement is included in it. And if to speak about the quality, here it should be pointed out that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finds the quality of generic drugs as high as that of brand-name ones. It means that generic drugs contain components which are as efficient as the ones contained in brand-name medicine products.
2. Why can't we buy all prescriptions in a generic variant?
When a new drug is developed, a company should advance it according to all the requirements of FDA. It takes 17 years to patent the final formulation of this new drug. Companies can't start producing this new drug until the patent on original one is invalidated. And what is more, this patent on original drug can be prolonged in the case when several chemical combinations are used for one medicament. But sometimes generic versions seem to appear just a few years after the original drug has come into the market. It usually happens in cases when a new drug's testing takes more years. And as a result, only few years are left on the patent after the drug obtains its recognition.
3. Do generic drugs come through the same strict examination as brand products?
There is no exact answer, or it can be answered partly. They come through scrupulous testing to find out weather they meet all the FDA's requirements or not and weather their effects are equal to the effects of original drugs. Sometimes the FDA scientists visit the laboratories, where the company makes this drug, in order to control the process and verify the high quality of the components. But generic drugs unlike original ones don't nave to pass the clinical tests. It is enough for the genetic drugs' components to have chemical effects which are identical to that of brand products. Nevertheless, generic products must be put out with the same information that original drugs, without excepting premonitory data and spillover effects.
4. Do the companies producing generic drugs have the same good reputation as the original companies?
That's a common opinion. Usually these original pharmaceutical companies begin to produce generic products after the expiration of their patent. Some of the companies specialize in producing generic products from the very beginning. There are many drugs which formulations are too difficult, in spite of the fact that the needed quantity and al the chemical effects have been already set up. As a result, some generic versions of original drugs are not produced because of their complexity or their expensiveness.
5. So what to chose: generics or original drugs?
In this question you'd better rely on your doctor who would say weather you can substitute original drugs for generic. The pharmaceutical chemist can give generic drugs only when it is prescribed in your prescription. Doctors are encouraged to prescribe generic substitutes for those who can't afford brand drugs, but doctors are still more inclined to prescribe original drugs. On the whole, you'll have higher copay for brand products, and what is more - you'll have to pay out-of-pocket expenses for these original drugs, that depend on a drugstore benefits plan.
6. Are there any reasons for using only brand drugs?
Yes, sometimes people can't get prescriptions of generic drugs, just because these drugs are not suitable for them. Of course generic drugs contain the components which are identical to the components of original products, but in generic ones there's a little amount of inactive ingredients which give the needed bulk, shape or color. And for some people these ingredients can bring unforeseen effects. If to suppose that someone is allergic to wheat which is added to the drug to make it pass through the gastrointestinal system more quickly, so it is not clear how the fiber in combination with other ingredients of the drug may affect your arthritis pain. So if this wheat is added in big proportions and has its bulking effect, a person can experience some allergic reaction to this medicament. If you know that you are allergic to some things, remind your doctor about it and he'll tell you weather this or that drug contains these unwanted ingredients. In some cases companies produce several slightly different versions of generic drugs for an original one so that one of them could be suitable for you.
In any sphere, as well as in the medicine, it is very important to be informed about this or that thing, in our case-about generic and original drugs. And this almost professional knowledge will help you to be right and to be the winner in any situation.