Previously, it was believed that generic drugs are lower in quality and that’s the reason why they are not expensive. People use to think that generic drugs could harm their health and could lead some dangerous side effects. People are afraid of opting for generic drugs for the same reason. But in reality, generic drugs are the replica of their brand name drugs. I would say because of the incomplete information are depriving themselves of an inexpensive option due to their ignorance.
Many people believe that brand-name drugs are superior. But the truth is that generic drugs are as effective as their brand name counterparts are. And they follow the same manufacturing standards. One test of bioequivalence is to measure the time it takes the active ingredient in the drug to reach the bloodstream and its concentration in the bloodstream in 24 to 36 healthy volunteers. This shows the rate and extent of the generic drug’s absorption. These characteristics are then compared with those of the original drug.
The companies’ manufacturing generic drugs have to prove to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that its product is bioequivalent to its brand name drug. In other words, it should be proved that the drug performs in the same manner as the original brand name drug. The FDA mandates that generic drugs must have the same strength and the same dosage form and must be administered in the same way as the original. It is necessary for the generic drug to have the same effectiveness and properties like the original branded drug.
Generic Drugs can be taken also from the online pharmacies. But, make it sure that the online pharmacy you are purchasing is selling the generic drugs and not the fake drugs. Please take the prescription of the generic drugs or its original branded equivalent from the doctor before using it.
So from the article it was clear that generic drugs are no less than the branded ones as far as quality and effectuality is concerned. There is a difference in color and structure. It’s because FDA doesn’t allow the generic version to be a look alike of the branded one. And the other difference is what it makes to your pocket. While opting for generic drugs, you don’t have to alight your pocket as much as you do when you go for brand name drugs. Truly, it’s an economic option that’s open for you.