Generic medicines? Are they effective?
Ask anyone you know about generic medicines and that would be their reaction most of the time, if not all of the time.
Even our supposedly knowledgeable brothers and sisters in the healthcare industry cannot sometimes help to cast some doubts on the effectiveness of generic formulations of known medications.
How much more for the not so knowledgeable?
Blame it on our common but unfounded notion where we equate high quality with high price. The bigger problem with that idea is, it is imbedded in our subconscious that it would take herculean effort on our part to do away with it. Knowingly or unknowingly, we succumb to this mantra:
Great products are expensive!
High quality goods come with a hefty price tag!
Buy expensive items because they are of great quality!
Well, quality and price do go directly proportional. But there are many occasions, too, when they go inversely proportional.
That’s true. Quality can go up north but the price can come down south.
That’s what is exactly happening with generic medicines.
Generic Medicines Are As Effective As Brand Name Medications, U.S. FDA Says
We’ve always known that generics are cost-friendly. The question that remains to be answered is whether they are effective or not.
To dispel our doubts on the efficacy of generic medications, allow us to quote, word for word, the declaration of the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA), the stringent agency tasked to ensure the quality of drugs in the country, on the matter. Here it is:
- When a generic drug product is approved, it has met rigorous standards established by the FDA with respect to identity, strength, quality, purity, and potency. However, some variability can and does occur during manufacturing, for both brand name and generic drugs. When a drug, generic or brand name, is mass-produced, very small variations in purity, size, strength, and other parameters are permitted. FDA limits how much variability is acceptable.
- Generic drugs are required to have the same active ingredient, strength, dosage form, and route of administration as the brand name product. Generic drugs do not need to contain the same inactive ingredients as the brand name product.
- The generic drug manufacturer must prove its drug is the same as (bioequivalent) the brand name drug. For example, after the patient takes the generic drug, the amount of drug in the bloodstream is measured. If the levels of the drug in the bloodstream are the same as the levels found when the brand name product is used, the generic drug will work the same.
- Through review of bioequivalence data, FDA ensures that the generic product performs the same as its respective brand name product. This standard applies to all generic drugs, whether immediate or controlled release.
- All generic manufacturing, packaging, and testing sites must pass the same quality standards as those of brand name drugs, and the generic products must meet the same exacting specifications as any brand name product. In fact, many generic drugs are made in the same manufacturing plants as brand name drug products.
So there you go. It comes straight from the horse’s mouth. Nothing can be more believable and authoritative than that.
Take A Look At Maxwell Pharmacy, Inc.’s Generic Plans
Our drug store in East Harlem New York, New York, the veteran Maxwell Pharmacy, Inc. is a great source for generic counterparts of the brand name medications.
We know how hard it is to keep a healthy and fit body. It’s even harder when you have to worry about the money spent on medications and health supplements. With your well-being in mind your and our drug store in East Harlem New York, New York offers generic plan services.
The pharmacists of Maxwell Pharmacy, Inc. will work with you or your physician to prescribe a generic medicine for you.
Just visit the drug store in East Harlem New York, New York and check which generic plan fits your budget and medication arrangement. We are located in 234 East 106th Street New York, New York 10029. For your convenience, use your phone to call us at 212-534-7700 or your fax machine to relay to us your concerns and orders at 212-534-8353. Those of you who are unable to drop by our place, we offer free delivery of your goods. Send us a message via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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