Counterfeit drugs may also use different ratios of active ingredients or completely different ingredients but still claim to be the same as either an established generic or branded drug.
A way to check for counterfeit drugs or products is to inspect the packaging. The tablets or capsules may look different from the usual.
Check on the FDA website for announcements regarding unauthorized products and counterfeits. You may also ask your local pharmacist to verify if a suspicious medication is real or not.
Myth #3: Generic drugs are not as good that is why they are cheaper.
As mentioned, branded drugs have a premium price tag because the drug companies use more funding for research that can take decades. The work that these companies do is important, but that does not mean generic drugs are less effective.
After all the hard work put in to create a safe and effective drug, the drug companies expect to sell enough to cover the costs and then some.
In order to do this, they build up their brand name and image. In fact, many branded drugs are household names. Actors and athletes often appear in commercials and ads promoting the use of these medicines– and it works!
Generic drug manufacturers create the medicines using the same formulation as the innovator brand. Therefore, there is no more guesswork or research involved. Branded drug packaging should include the generic name. In a way, generic drugs get free advertisement because of this.
In the end, generic drugs are not less effective than branded drugs. You get the same medication at a more affordable price.
Myth #4: Branded drugs work faster than generic drugs.
Because the branded drug companies conduct more research than generic manufacturers, they continuously try to innovate to set themselves apart from the competition.
Branded drugs may have the same active ingredient as a generic drug, but come in a fast-release capsule or once-a-day formulation.
This is where branded drugs have an edge versus generic drugs without modified-releases. A fast-release capsule work faster than a normal capsule no matter what. It is important to remember that faster does not always mean better.