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Definition

 

A generic drug is a medicine that has gone off patent, therefore, it can be manufactured by any pharmaceutical company. It is the same as its brand-name drug, also known as the innovator, in terms of

  • Dosage - the way should be taken/used
  • Safety
  • Strength
  • Quality
  • Effectiveness

 

It is the unbranded counterpart of its branded equivalent. All medicines have a generic name, which refer to their active principle or ingredient.

Once a new pharmaceutical formula is released, it has a patent protection, usually covering 17-20 years. If it passes stringent government tests and trials, the pharmaceutical company is given the exclusive right to manufacture and market the product globally during this period. However, when the patent expires, the product can be manufactured and sold by other companies. It is then referred to as a generic drug. A generic medicine is a proven product having been used by many different people over 20 years or so. Practically everything there is to know about its benefits and side effects would have already known. A generic drug may be supplied by more than one company. It may be sold under the name of its active ingredient(s).

A generic drug is interchangeable with the branded drug.

Definition

A generic drug is a medicine that has gone off patent, therefore, it can be manufactured by any pharmaceutical company. It is the same as its brand-name drug, also known as the innovator, in terms of:

  • Dosage - the way should be taken/used
  • Safety
  • Strength
  • Quality

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Government Advocacy

1. Generics Act of 1988 (Republic Act No. 6675)
a. Date of Amendment: September 13, 1988
b. Subject Matter: AN ACT INSTITUTING THE COMPREHENSIVE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 2002, REPEALING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6425, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 1972...

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FAQ's

A generic name refers to the identification of drugs and medicines by their scientifically and internationally recognized active ingredients or by their official generic name as determined by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) of the Department of Health. An active ingredient is the chemical component responsible for the claimed therapeutic effect of the pharmaceutical product.

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Cures that kill

In 2007, more than 350 people in Panama died because of a cough syrup. The reason: diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent not approved not approved for human consumption, had been added in the drug as a substitute for the more expensive but safer glycerin.

Here in the Philippines, a 41 year old woman died from uterine atony while four others had to have emergency hysterectomies.

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Proper Storage

Proper Storage of Medicines

Various types of medications can be found in your homes. Medicines are very sensitive and can easily degrade when not stored properly. Thus, it is important to learn how to store your medicines appropriately.

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Links

 

• Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD)
http://bfad.gov.ph

 

• Department of Health (DOH)
http://doh.gov.ph

• Will public health trumps patents in congress?
http://www.pcij.org/stories/2008/cheaper-medicines4.html

• New Rx needed for generics movement?
http://pcij.org/i-report/2006/generics2.html

• Philippines: Expensive Medicines
http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/2007/10/10/philippines-expensive-medicines/

• UN agency backs medicine bill
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=politics6_jan29_2008

• Govt hospitals ordered to prescribe generics
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=news3_nov24_2007

• WHO: Implementation of Philippine generics law
http://mednet3.who.int/icium/icium1997/posters/4c1_text.html

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