Generic vs. Branded Drugs: The Never Ending Battle
The generic versus branded drugs battle is one hot issue that has been going on throughout the years in the health care industry. It has raised a lot of questions among patients and health care professionals and has served as a topic in various debates and discussions.
People tend to have more diligence when it comes to buying branded drugs than generic ones. Their choice when it comes to purchasing a specific brand of drug is affected after hearing opinions from others, like how it worked perfectly on a friend or relative of theirs. It is more of a psychological issue, like for example people feel a bit healthier after seeing a doctor even if they weren’t able to undergo any treatment yet. They drink medicine and they instantly feel better. They believe a drug is effective because somebody told them so. It all boils down to one thought: a procedure is thought to be effective because they believe in them.
It actually does not matter to them whether there are stacks of generic drugs available on the market claiming having the same effect as the branded drugs. They simply believe that drugs branded with a name are better and more effective than generic drugs. Even researches and science are not enough to convince the consumers that generic and branded medicines have the same effects.
Branded drugs tend to be more pricey that generics.
Generic drugs’ prices are often 50-95 percent less than branded ones. This is because companies that manufacture them do not need to pay out money on activities which is what brand-name drug manufacturers do. With this, hundreds of millions are being saved for just a single drug.
A generic drug is likely to be made in a diverse factory from the brand-name drug, with dissimilar quality-control methods.
Compared to generic drug companies, manufacturers of name brand drugs conduct a series of activities such as drug research and development, clinical trials, marketing, and advertising.
The size, shape and color of the two pills may differ.
They may have different inactive ingredients, like fillers and/or coloring agents.
The active ingredients in generic drugs are the same as in brand-name drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) holds strict standards in terms of strength, quality and purity that both generic and branded drugs must conform to in order for them to approved.
Each type of guideline that’s applied to brand-name drugs by the FDA is also applied to FDA-approved generic drugs.
FDA also mandates that generic drugs must offer an identical or nearly matching blood level of the drug compared to name-branded ones.
The debate between the two has been raging on for years. Choosing the right drugs can be tricky, yet ending up with a wrong choice could be harmful to one’s health. In the end, it is best and wise to consult your doctor first when it comes to making drug choices, may it be generic or brand name. By doing so, you will be assured that whatever you will take is safe enough and do your health more good than harm.