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Are Branded Drugs Better Than Generic?

Posted on November 15, 2019 | Author and Reviewed by: Mark Ernest Del Rosario, RPh

What are the differences between branded and generic drugs?

  1. Branded drugs go under a brand name
  2. Generic drugs are less expensive
  3. Drugs always come in different shapes and sizes


One seemingly never-ending debate consumers have to contend with and think about is the one regarding branded vs generic drugs. In the Philippines, this becomes more apparent because more and more generic drug options are becoming available on the market. Despite that, there is still some sort of stigma that comes with hearing the word ‘generic’. What you should know is this: there is nothing to be worried about when it comes to generic drugs.

Upang malaman kung mas mabisa ang isang branded na gamot kumpara sa generic na gamot, kailangan tignan ang nilalamang sangkap dahil ito ang nakalulunas sa sakit ng tao. Halimbawa, ang paracetamol ay isang gamot na mayroong generic at branded na bersyon. Ngunit kung titingnan mo ang kemikal na komposisyon ng dalawa, makikita na parehas lang ang nilalaman nilang acetaminophen o paracetamol.

Sa madaling salita, walang pinagkaiba ang kanilang bisa. Subalit, mayroon pa rin silang mga pagkakaiba at makabubuti kung malaman mo ang mga ito.


Branded drugs go under a brand name

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Using the previous example, paracetamol is the generic name of a drug that is also available under popular brand names in the Philippines. When it comes to globally available common household drugs like paracetamol, brand names are purely for marketing purposes.

If a given drug is new, then the chemical formula is registered with a government-enforced drug patent. This protects it from market competition and blocks any form of generic drug production. The reason why pharmaceutical companies do this is that it helps them monopolize the market for a while, which helps them recoup their costly investments to develop the medicine itself.

Kapag natapos na ang bisa ng patent ng mga kumpanya, maari nang kopyahin ng mga generic drug manufacturer ang gamot at ibenta sa pamilihan bilang alternatibo. Dito na rin makikita ang susunod na pagkakaiba.


Generic drugs are less expensive

Because generic drugs are simply unbranded versions of popular branded medicine, generic drugs are less expensive. However, it is important to remember that when it comes to medicine, price does not always determine efficacy. Just because you get your paracetamol at a cheaper price doesn’t mean your headache or fever won’t go away (assuming that you get your medicine from a reputable source).

Walang masama sa pagpili ng mas abot-kayang gamot. Hindi lahat ng tao ay makakabili ng mga mas mamahaling branded na gamot. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit mas magandang piliin ang generic kung gusto mong maka menos o kung mahigpit ang iyong badyet.


Drugs always come in different shapes and sizes

tablets, capsules, and pills laid out on a row

Lastly, generic and branded drugs will almost always differ in their physical qualities. It can be in the shape, color, size, and packaging. Whatever the case or reason may be, the physical does not affect the potency of the intended effect, which is why you should always refer to the label to know what you are taking.


Key Takeaway

If you are concerned about branded vs generic drugs in the Philippines, just remember that generic drugs are not bad and function exactly like their branded counterparts. They are just more of an economical option. It is better to buy medicine by taking into consideration not only your health but your finances as well.