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IJPR 9[3] July - September 2017 Special Issue

July - September 9[3] 2017

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Do generic medicines compromise quality?

Author: NADA ALSALEH, ALAA ALSHARIF, ELHAM ALSHAMMARI
Abstract: Generic medications are drugs that are manufactured to be as alternatives for already marketed brand medications. Their use has been emphasized by governments focused on the economic advantages and several policies have been established among countries to increase their use. Simultaneously, there is increasing debate and discussion regarding the equivalence, quality and safety of generic medicines. The aim of this review is to provide some evidence on the quality of generic medications and to report healthcare and patient perspectives on these medications. Overall, the reviewed studies showed either comparable effectiveness or adverse effects associated with generic medicines. Studies that reported perceptions about generic medications from either healthcare professionals’ or patients’ perspectives showed different views and perceptions about the quality and safety of generic medications, where they mainly favor brand medications over generic medications due to the negative perceptions on generic medications quality and safety. A key aspect in enhancing knowledge and confidence towards generic medications is the implementation of educational programmes and awareness campaigns for both healthcare professionals and patients.
Keyword: generic; quality; medicine; bioequivalence; brand
DOI: https://doi.org/10.31838/ijpr/2021.13.01.149
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