Counterfeit Medications and Poor Quality Drugs are not the same as Generic Medications

Counterfeit drugs and poor quality medications can hurt patients.  Distributing this kind of medications, normally as the real deal, can also harm the pharmaceutical industry.

A counterfeit medication or drug is a pharmaceutical product or medication that is deceptively represented as an original.  These drugs or medications are produced with the intent to be sold as being of the same authenticity and if they have the same effectiveness as the original.

Ways in which Counterfeit Drugs can be Harmful:

  1. Counterfeit drugs can contain ingredients not listed on the label; ingredients that may be harmful and can have an adverse reaction.
  2. Counterfeit drugs may contain the wrong proportions of active ingredients; which can be processed wrongly within the body.
  3. Counterfeit drugs might contain none of the active ingredients; listed or not listed on the label. But will still be absorbed by the body without knowing what the effect will be.
  4. Inaccurate or fake labelling and packaging; leaving the customer to believe, wrongly, that they bought a product that will have a certain, healing, effect.
  5. Patients can die when given counterfeit drugs; which might not cure the specific condition it was supposed to.

Counterfeit medicinal drugs sometimes may contain hazardous, substituted ingredients, which can cause dangerous health consequences, side effects, and allergic reactions.

What is a Generic Drug?  Is it as effective as an Original Drug?

A Generic Drug is the equivalent of a brand-name product in that it went the same route of administration, is of the same quality, has the same strength and contains the same dosage, then the original.  A generic drug will give the exact performance as for the intended use.

Positives:

  1. Generic drugs are also subject to government regulations, same as the original would be.
  2. They are labelled correctly. The manufacturer and the country of its origin should be listed on the packaging.
  3. A generic drug contains the same active ingredients as the original drug formulation. Generics should be identical to their brand-name counterparts.  However, they may contain an acceptable bioequivalent ingredient that has the same properties than the original.
  4. Generic versions of drugs are regulated through an extended group of rules.
  5. Generic drug prices are significantly lower than their original brand-name equivalents. They can also cause lowered prices for the original drug.

Generic Drugs are more cost-effective when filling out doctors prescriptions to their patients.

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