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Mergers could be causing price increases for generics

How mergers and acquisitions in the generics sector can be a factor in drug shortages and increasing prices was a question addressed by researchers from Carleton and McGill Universities in Canada [1].

New use for old generic could treat rare cardiovascular condition

Researchers from Canada and the UK may have found a new use for an old generic drug: treatment of the rare cardiovascular condition, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

Perceptions of generic drugs in Latin America: a Guatemalan case study

A recent assessment of generic drug use in Guatemala [1] revealed a widespread lack of trust in generics, due to a combination of poor quality, powerful advertising campaigns and limited state regulation.

Challenges in the rediscovery of old generics

Finding new treatment options by repurposing generics is a cost-effective and time-efficient way of finding a new purpose for old drugs. However, when it comes to the rediscovery of old generics there are multiple obstacles standing in the way [1].

Repurposing thioguanine

Repurposing and re-registering old generics is a cost-effective and time-efficient way of finding new purposes for existing drugs. One such ‘old generic’ that has been repurposed and re-registered is thioguanine [1].

Repurposing and re-registering old generics

Finding new indications for existing drugs is better known as drug rediscovery, drug repurposing or drug repositioning. It is cost-effective and time-efficient way of finding a new purpose for old drugs. However, when it comes to the rediscovery of old generics, the lack of a formal regulatory pathway for such drugs and a lack of economic interest by pharmaceutical companies, makes it a challenging pursuit [1].

Barriers to generics substitution in the Middle East

Although most pharmacists in Lebanon are in favour of generic drug substitution, fewer than half have actually implemented the policy, according to a study carried out by researchers from the American University of Beirut [1].

Generic drug substitution in Lebanon

A new study reports on Lebanon’s recently introduced generic drug substitution and unified prescription policy, a country which spends among the most on pharmaceuticals in the Middle East. The study explored attitudes of community pharmacists towards the idea of the policy and its current implementation [1].

Generics prices increase when competition decreases

A US-based retrospective cohort study has found that generics prices increase when competition is low or non-existent [1].

Follow-up study finds generic tacrolimus safe for kidney transplant patients

Researchers from Portugal, who carried out a long-term follow-up study, have found that switching stable kidney transplant patients to generic tacrolimus is safe [1].