Have you ever hesitated when your pharmacist offered you the option of generic substitution?
Generic drugs may be up to 30% (and often more) cheaper than the brand-name. The SA government is pushing us into embracing more cost-effective alternatives, and some medical aids will often only pay for the cheaper drug – leaving you to pay the difference yourself if you insist on branded drugs.
- United States Food and Drug Administration. Generic drugs: what you need to know. [online] 2002 [cited 2007 Jul 09]. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2002/502_generic.html
- United States Food and Drug Administration. Savings from generic drugs purchased at retail pharmacies. [online] 2004 [cited 2007 Jul 09]. Available at http://www.fda.gov/cder/consumerinfo/savingsfromgenericdrugs.htm
- United States Food and Drug Adminstration: Office of Generic Drugs. [online] 2007 [cited 2007 Jul 09]. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ogd/
- SA Medicines Control Council. Guidelines on generic substitution. Government Gazette 2003;25145:183-5.