Generic is a non-patented drug produced by many manufacturers. The advantages of generics include low cost and extensive clinical trials. Generics copy brand-name products whose patent protection has expired and are made in strict accordance with existing legal and quality standards. The production of generics is significantly less expensive than the branded drug, so generics are always much cheaper. In particular, the average retail price of high-quality generics is several tens of dollars cheaper than the original drugs.
Generic contains the same active drug substance as the original (patented) drug. It may differ from the original by auxiliary substances (inactive ingredients, fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.), as well as the manufacturing process. The low cost of generics is achieved due to competition and (as a rule) extensive experience in using the drug in practice.
If a generic drug is officially registered, it is a legitimate participant in the pharmaceutical market. The very definition of a generic means that it must be strictly identical in composition to the original, and therefore have the same effect and consumer qualities. However, never self-medicate, do not try to independently replace one drug with a cheaper analog. Consult your healthcare provider.
General advice on the purchase of drugs:
- Buy drugs at large pharmacies. There you will be served by specialists who will give professional advice, and there is less chance of buying a fake.
- Pay attention to the instructions for use of the drug. The instruction should be printed on quality paper with a clear font. The manufacturer’s address should be indicated with the phone number.
- Do not save on health. Buy high-quality generics.