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Medicine – Brand Name Versus Generic

Are you afraid to take generic medication because….I have been asked this question many times and from a variety of people. The original manufacturers have spent a lot of money in research and development. The patent rights give them ample time to recover and generously profit before a generic comes to market. The following dialog will put you mind at ease and save you money next time you have a choice of medications:

Q – Do genetics take longer to react in your body?

A – No, the genetic company has to prove that the active ingredients have the same reaction times as the original does.

Q – Do genetics have the same strength?

A – Yes, if the measurements are equally compared IE: 500 mg then the FDA requires quality and strength be the same as the original.

Q – Generics are not as safe as the brand names?

A – The FDA requires all generics to be safe and effective. The risk profile is the same when the active ingredients are used, a generic is just a out of patent version.

Bio-equivalence is the basis for approving generic copies of drug products. This was established by the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984, also known as the Hatch-Waxman Act. Generics don’t have to repeat the tests done by the original company for FDA approval. They do have to prove Bio-equivalence by demonstrating their genetic can duplicate concentration and time to bloodstream compared to the original.

So as much as the FDA is rightfully criticized in many areas it seems in this situation you can use generics in confidence and save anywhere from 40 to 60 % off the original.

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RB