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16 November 2009

Generics: introduction

Have you ever hesitated when your pharmacist offered you the option of generic substitution?

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.

References:

  • 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.

 

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