What are generic or equivalent drugs?
What are generic or equivalent drugs? Anyone of us who has ever gone to the pharmacy has certainly been faced with these types of medicines.
Generic or equivalent drugs are regulated since 1995, but despite the more than twenty years of life is still so much the aura of distrust that surrounds them. This is due both to the lack of information about it and to a substantial basic skepticism in the face of these medicines.
Every pharmacist is required by law to inform us, when we are at the counter and request a medicine, of the existence of generic or equivalent medicine. Not only that, we must also provide all the information on price differences and reassure about the therapeutic efficacy.
Despite this, many are still ignorant of what generic or equivalent drugs are, why they cost less and what are the therapeutic capabilities. All questions to which we will answer, also showing how high the savings are actually using these medicines.
Although the health sector is inevitably of great importance, there are many doubts about it. We often ask ourselves how to book a clinical examination, how to find a general practitioner for non-residents and also what is a generic drug.
Generic or equivalent drugs are medicines that, after appropriate clinical studies, prove to be bioequivalent compared to other drugs. In other words, they have the same active ingredient and the same pharmacological efficacy of branded drugs.
In terms of the law, to be defined bioequivalent must have the same active ingredient present in the same dose, the same pharmaceutical form, the same route of administration and the same therapeutic indications. Twenty years after the registration of a new patent-protected drug, the exclusivity of marketing is usually dropped, with the possibility therefore also for other companies to produce generic or equivalent drugs to the original one. This explains why they cost an average of 20% to 50% less than the original ones. On the other hand, generic or equivalent drugs have absolutely the same pharmacological efficacy and allow, in addition, also to save a lot of money.