List of Generics and Brand drugs
Generics and Brand drugs.
For many patients, generic drugs are an excellent option, because they are cheaper counterparts of original pharmaceuticals. It must be remembered that change a brand to generic drug isn't always safe.
1. What are generic drugs?
Generics, or otherwise generic drugs, pharmaceuticals containing the same active ingredient as the original drug, produced after the expiry of its license. Typically, patent protection for the active substance takes 20 years. So long license protects the manufacturer who invented the drug and put a lot of money in research on him. After the expiry of the other manufacturers can create a drug that will be bioequivalent to the original. This means, among other things, that it must be equally safe, and its half-life, which is the half-life in the body, it will be the same as the reference medicine. In addition, a generic drug must be authorized by the Office of Drug Registration.
2. Change the originator to the generic.
In most cases, there is no impediment to change the reference to the generic drug. It must be remembered that the two pharmaceuticals may differ slightly because a generic manufacturer could be added to other fillers. The patient should not be selected as such a replacement is allergic to any of its components. Also, do not replace drugs for some diseases, such as arrhythmia drugs, because you can end up cardiac arrhythmias. Similarly with antiepileptic drugs, which is very difficult to choose according to the patient. There is also recommended to change the original drug to a generic organ transplantation.