What is Generic Medicine?
Generic medicines are simply non-patented versions of a brand medicine which are produced when a patent has run its course or in a country where the patent is not recognised. Both brand and generic medication contain the same active ingredients, however the generic equivalent may differ in name, shape and colour.
How does generic medicine differ from branded medicine?
Generally speaking, there is no discernible difference between the brand and generic version. Both contain the exact same active ingredients and come with the same risks and benefits. Generic drugs must contain the same active ingredients as the original formulation, due to both parties having to adhere to strict F.D.A. (Food & Drug Association) Regulations. Therefore the main difference between Branded and Generic Medication is the inactive ingredients, their shape and their colour. In many cases, the generic version is actually produced in the same manufacturing plant as the Brand version.
How can generic manufacturers sell their medicines so cheaply?
Generic Manufacturers do not have to spend time and money researching and developing new products, undergoing exhaustive product testing or investing in mass-marketing campaigns to advertise a finished product. Therefore this allows you the customer, to purchase Generic Products with the same active ingredients at a much lower cost in comparison to the brand equivalent.
Should I consult my doctor before I change from branded to generic medicines?
Before beginning to use any of the products on our site we highly recommend that you contact your local Doctor or Physician as he or she will know your personal medical history and requirements best. Also please note, you can always feel safe in the knowledge that the generic version of your medicine contains the exact same active ingredient and is produced under the same rigorous quality standards as the branded equivalent.
Are the effects the same as the original brand medicine?
All generics must be interchangeable with the original version and proven to be bioequivalent. The way the drug works in the body is so similar that the medicine can be expected to have the exact same therapeutic effect. Generic medicines are always tested to ensure they are bioequivalent with the original version.