Advantages of Generic Drugs
A drug is identified by two names. One is the chemical name or the generic name. And the other is the brand name or the marketing name. A Generic drug is a medication often recognized by its chemical name.
Drug and why not Brand-name drug?
drug is less expensive
Generic drugs have all the active elements of a
brand name drug. But still you get it at reasonable rates. The pharmaceuticals
that produce these drugs don't have to spend money on research,
advertising or even marketing the drugs. So there is no extra cost
involved while selling these generic drugs. And it comes to you
at a very reasonable rates. Generic drugs are as much as 70% cheaper
than their brand name drug.
Generic drugs, as effective as
Makers of Generic drugs must prove their drug quality
to get an approval. It should be:
- Safe as brand name drugs
- Made under proper manufacturing laws
- Includes the same ingredients but can vary in color, shape
Since Generic drugs are made under strict regulations, it is as safe and effective as Brand name drugs.
Generic drugs, similar in strength
- It has the same therapeutic effect as that of brand name drug
- Both drugs are similar in its strength
- Their effectiveness lasts for the same period
- It's similar in dosage and administration
Who makes Generic drugs?
Some times, companies who make brand name drugs
engage themselves in making Generic drugs as well. Because of its
growing popularity, pharmacies sell two versions of the same drug.
The first one using the expensive Brand name and the second one
using the Generic name. Some drug companies only make Generic drugs.
No matter who makes them, these drugs should meet the standards
before it is brought out into the market.
Price: It is the vital element, which helps sell
Generic drugs. When you get the same effect of a drug, meeting all
the essential standards, in a much low priced drug, you wouldn't
want to waste a penny. That's why generic drugs have flooded the
world drug market and its popularity is increasing with each passing
day. Today, you will not find a generic drug for all brand name
drugs. But, with more and more people reaching out for Generic drugs,
it's certain that pharmaceutical companies will come forward to
help us lead a better 'less expensive life'.