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generic drug

Generic equivalent Pharmacology A drug that is no longer under patent protection, which may be produced by any manufacturer who follows good manufacturing protocols. See Drug monograph, 'Me too' drug.

ge·ner·ic drug

(jĕ-ner'ik drŭg)
A medicine distributed under its generic (nonproprietary) name.

generic drug

A drug sold under the official medical name of the basic active substance. The generic name is chosen by the Nomenclature Committee of the British Pharmacopoeia Commission and is used in publications such a the British National Formulary . Doctors are encouraged to prescribe generic drugs as these are generally cheaper than the same drug under a trade or brand name.

Patient discussion about generic drug

Q. When will a generic brand of insulin be available? The cost of insulin seems to be way too high... And with the ever rising population of diabetics, you'd think some other companies would jump unto the bandwagon with a cheaper insulin... what's up with that?

A. Unfortunately, as long as Eli Lilly has an effective monopoly on the American market and docs continue to perscribe the latest "flavor" of insulin, the situation is unlikely to change. Personally, I refuse to use Lilly's products (use Novo Nordisk insulin instead) and am still using the regular and NPH I was using 20 years ago... Also, because Type I diabetes tends to affect children, parents are naturally always seeking the next new thing. Doesn't make for an environment conducive to cheaper alternatives, which is a real shame for us all.

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Most generic drugs are produced by only one or two firms, and the weak or nonexistent competition is associated with high prices.
Generic drugs account for nearly 70% of the total retail prescriptions in Canada.
36) Not only did the Hatch-Waxman Act benefit generic drug manufacturers, but it also achieved its desired balance by providing innovative pharmaceutical companies with the ability to receive a patent extension on their brand-name drugs.
Particularly, the endeavor should be to educate the physicians early in their career about the relevance and advantages of prescribing generic drug.
Studies submitted for generic drug applications must demonstrate scientifically that a generic drug is bioequivalent to the innovator drug.
In Canada, generic and brand name drugs have identical active ingredients, and generic drugs must meet Health Canada's standards for bioequivalence.
The fault lies with his hosts who appear to be blissfully unaware of the work being done on generic drugs by other panels of the parliament.
The pricing system of generic drugs and brand name drugs has faltered in recent years and various obstacles have been a burden to lowering the prices of medicine," said Khalil, who stressed the need to pass a number of legislative measures to reshape the industry.
19 September 2011 - French generic drug makers have asked for boosting the prescription of those medicines whose development is challenged by the lack of consumer confidence.
After a generic drug goes on the market, the FDA continues to monitor drug quality and investigates any reports of generic or branded drugs failing to meet standards.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association 2008 Generic Drug Survey is an analysis of prescription drug use of 51 million Blue plan members enrolled in 32 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.

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