A question that many people ask is, “are generic drugs less effective than branded drugs?”. TV commercials of popular, branded drugs often claim to be better than generic versions of the same medicine. Endorsements from celebrities may boost sales, but is there any truth to these claims?
This article will tackle some of the common myths surrounding generic vs. branded drugs here in the Philippines and provide facts for each.
Myth #1: Branded drugs have better ingredients.
The truth is, well-established companies can afford to do extensive research on new drugs. At the same time, they can purchase materials in larger bulks which cuts down costs in the long run. In addition, factories producing raw materials may be more eager to be be associated with branded drugs.
However, this does not mean generic drugs are low quality. Generics undergo testing and quality assurance before they can be made and sold. The FDA also requires the ingredients and drugs to be approved and registered.
Myth #2: Generic drugs are fake versions of branded drugs.
This is a very common misconception. In normal conversation, generic can have an almost negative connotation. If someone calls your face “generic”, you would likely be offended.