The Benefits of Choosing Generic Medicine
Posted on March 28, 2019 | Author and Reviewed by: Rose Ann C. Galera, RPh
What makes generic medicine a good choice?
- Functionally Same
- Costs Less
- Consistent Quality
Generic medicines in the Philippines have been proven to be great alternatives to branded ones, particularly for those who are not as well-off as the rest of the population. The Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008 has helped encourage medicine in the Philippines to be cheaper. Dahil dito, maasahan ng mamamayang Pilipino na makakahanap sila ng murang gamot para sa kanilang mga sakit.
Mga generic na gamot ang pangunahing makakatulong dito. Subalit mayroon pa ring mga taong hindi pa masyadong naiintindihan kung bakit magandang alternatibo ito sa mga may pangalan na gamot.
Generic medicine should not be ignored just because they cost less. Generic medicine is an effective alternative to branded medicine. Just take a look at the benefits of buying them!
Functionally the Same
Ang effectivity ng mga generic na gamot ay halos pareho lang o di kaya ay katulad lamang sa mga branded dahil ang mga sangkap nito ay pareho lamang.
Generic medicine is bioequivalent to their branded counterparts. Bioequivalent means all of the active ingredients in a drug are all the same. The drug should contain all the substances that are necessary for the medicine to work.
Dahil dito, kinakailangan na iba ang kulay, hugis, at lasa ng generic na gamot sa mga branded.
When a pharmaceutical manufacturer develops a new type of drug, they obtain a patent for that particular medicine. Ang ibig sabihin nito, wala nang ibang pwede gumawa o magbenta ng gamot na iyon sa loob ng umaabot sa 17 na taon.
Dahil dito, sinasabing binabawi ng mga pharmaceutical companies ang kanilang mga naipundar sa research at development. Think of it this way, when you pay for patent-protected medicine, you’re basically paying for the research costs, the costs of proving it’s safe, the cost to market and transport it, and sometimes a small premium if it’s the only available drug for a specific illness.
Maaaring maging napakamahal ng mga gamot dahil dito. Ngunit sa generic na gamot, hindi na kasama sa presyo ang mga ito dahil hindi naman nila ginawa ang mga ito.
Generic medicine is another company’s reproduction of a branded drug after the patent protection has passed. All that’s included in the price of these are the production costs and a bit of the transport costs as well. Manufacturers of branded drugs had basically done all the other important and costly parts.
Generic medicine is produced under the license of the manufacturer of the original brand-name product. Pero dahil iba rin ang gumagawa, mas mahigpit ang FDA (Food and Drug Administration) sa pagsasaayos ng Quality Control Measures upang masiguro na ang mga generic na gamot ay kasing bisa ng mga branded.
Generic medicine is not a lower or less effective form of branded medicine. They’re just as effective as the branded ones because they’re essentially the same. The great thing about them is that they’re more affordable while still being just as effective.
Para sa mamamayang Pilipino, malaki ang maitutulong ng pagpili sa generic medicine kaysa branded.
That’s why the next time you go to the best drugstores in the Philippines, choose generic medicine instead.