Demystifying facts about Generic medicine

Demystifying facts about Generic medicine

Generic Medicine

Generic medicine:

A generic drug is a pharmaceutical drug that is equivalent to a brand-name product in dosage, strength, route of administration, quality, performance and intended use. In short,Generics are medicines on which patents have expired and they are sold under their primary salt names.

You might be thinking that these medicines will be dangerous but wait, I am going to demystify the notion on these medicines.

A law on Generic drugs to be passed by Indian Government

On April 17, 2017, while inaugurating a charity hospital in Surat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government intended to move a law to ensure that doctors prescribe medicines by their generic names only. The proposal has generated a heated conversation in the media and in the pharma industry.

Generic medicines..a law..? what so important about it ?

As I told you, generic drugs are sold under their primary salt names, like Aluminum (0.7%), Hydrochloride (15%), Clavulanic Acid – 57 MG.

What pharma companies do is they use these salts and formulate the drugs(I don’t think) and sell under their brand names on the higher prices than the actual price for that salt.

ex: Clavulanic Acid – 57 MG which is used for pneumonia in kids cost around Rs. 50 in its generic form while the same drug sold by Cipla under brand name ClampKid Forte cost around Rs 150.

Sr Drug Code Generic Name of Drug Strip/Unit MRP Category
1 1 Aceclofenac + Paracetamol (100 mg + 325mg) Tab 10’s 5.7 ANALGESIC/ ANTI-INFLAMMATORY/ MUSCLOSKELETAL DISORDER
2 2 Aceclofenac 100 mg Tab 10’s 3.84 ANALGESIC/ ANTI-INFLAMMATORY/ MUSCLOSKELETAL DISORDER
3 4 Acetaminophen 325mg+ Tramadol Hydrochloride 37.5 mg Tab 10’s 5.6 ANALGESIC/ ANTI-INFLAMMATORY/ MUSCLOSKELETAL DISORDER
4 5 Asprin 150 mg Tab 10’s 1.90 ANALGESIC/ ANTI-INFLAMMATORY/ MUSCLOSKELETAL DISORDER
5 6 Chlorzoxazone 500mg+ Diclofenac 50mg + Paracetamol 325mg Tab 10’s 12.40 ANALGESIC/ ANTI-INFLAMMATORY/ MUSCLOSKELETAL DISORDER
6 7 Diclofenac Gel 15 gm 8.22 ANALGESIC/ ANTI-INFLAMMATORY/ MUSCLOSKELETAL DISORDER
7 8 Diclofenac Sodium + Serratiopeptidase (50mg + 10mg) Tab 10’s 7.02 ANALGESIC/ ANTI-INFLAMMATORY/ MUSCLOSKELETAL DISORDER
8 9 Diclofenac Sodium (SR) 100 mg Tab 10’s 6.12 ANALGESIC/ ANTI-INFLAMMATORY/ MUSCLOSKELETAL DISORDER
9 10 Diclofenac Sodium 25mg per ml Inj. 3ml 3.16 ANALGESIC/ ANTI-INFLAMMATORY/ MUSCLOSKELETAL DISORDER

Complete List of Medicin can be found here.

 

Most of the Scheduled H drugs come under essential medicines category made by WHO (World Health Organisation), means these medications are to be available to even poorest person in world,who can not afford highly priced medicines.

Cheap Medicine=Generic Medicine ?

NO, not every cheap medicine is a generic drug but since all generic medicines are cheaper than their branded counterparts. You should consult with your health care practitioner or Family doctor before opting to generic drugs.

Okay, where to buy generic drugs ?

You can find the store of Janaushadi by Department of pharmaceuticals, GOI at: http://janaushadhi.gov.in/jan_aushadhi_stores.html

There are best online pharmacies in India too; which provide generic medicines too on prescription, such as 1mg, Practo etc.

Conclusion:

Since there is no doubt that generic drugs are cheap and as equivalent to their branded counterparts but you should always consult with your doctor before switching the medicines. Afterall Health is wealth !

Good Luck 🙂

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