How Some Generic Drugs Could Do More Harm Than Good

Brand name drugs also has no guarantees. We can easily find stories about such drugs doing more harm to users. The only difference between generic drugs and branded drugs is that, with the former, patients at least get the chance to buy them and try them out because they can afford them, while with the latter, the only thing that gets better is big pharmaceutical's bank accounts. As well, if doctor's prescribed generic drugs, why won't we trust them? Unless of course they're in on the racket. It's all a gamble. If the prescription drug works for you, generic or not, go for it. But with both being equal, go for the more affordable.

(TIME) — How some generic drugs could do more harm than good.

Bottle of Lies author Katherine Eban says generic drug companies routinely adjust their quality standards depending on the country.

Most people assume that a drug is a drug — that Lipitor, for example, or a generic version, is the same anywhere in the world, so long as it’s made by a reputable drug company that has been inspected and approved by regulators. That, at least, is the logic that has driven the global generic-drug revolution: that drug companies in countries like India and China can make low-cost, high-quality drugs for markets around the world. These companies have been hailed as public-health heroes and global equalizers, by making the same cures available to the wealthy and impoverished.

But many of the generic drug companies that Americans and Africans alike depend on, which I spent a decade investigating, hold a dark secret: they routinely adjust their manufacturing standards depending on the country buying their drugs, a practice that could endanger not just those who take the lower-quality medicine but the population at large.

Source: TIME, full story


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