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Pharmacists prefer generic OTC medicines

In the US, the use of generics has been lacking due to hesitation from consumers over whether generics are as safe and effective as brand-name medications. Pharmacists, on the other hand, have the education and training to know that generics are both safe and effective.

Enhancing prescribing efficiency in the Republic of Srpska

It has been claimed that countries with smaller populations have difficulties obtaining considerable price reductions for generics. However, evidence from the Republic of Srpska, which is one of the two constitutive entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a population of only 1.43 million, proves otherwise [1].

Equivalence of generic immunosuppressants

There are no compelling pharmacological arguments against the sensible use of the generic immunosuppressants ciclosporin, tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil in clinical practice, argue pharmacologists working in drug evaluation in The Netherlands [1].

Alleviating concerns around generic antiepileptic medications

Reports that some patients with epilepsy were more likely to experience seizures and hospitalisation after switching from brand-name drugs to generic alternatives have led to concerns about generic antiepilepsy drugs (AEDs). A recent review, however, argues that the onset of seizures following a switch may be due more to the disruption of normal routine than the choice of medication. The authors suggest that AEDs are relatively safe and effective compared to innovator drugs.

Switching between generics of anti-epileptic drugs

Two different generic versions of anti-epilepsy medicine lamotrigine have been shown to be bioequivalent in patients with epilepsy and to not cause any differences in seizure frequency or adverse events, according to a study published in the February 2016 online edition of The Lancet Neurology.

Cost-effectiveness analysis and incentivizing innovation

In the paper by Santiago Moreno and Joshua Ray, the controversial role that conventional cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) plays in incentivizing innovation is revealed [1]. Detractors criticize its use for pricing purposes because it disregards the value of innovation brought by new drugs, while supporters argue that it is already accounted for. The objective of the paper is to identify the limitations of the conventional CEA approach and to propose an alternative that offers a more realistic estimate of the true value of innovation.

Perceptions of the value of generics in Brazil

Generics were first approved in Brazil in 1999. Substitution of generics and reference drugs can occur at the time of purchase and upon patients’ request, and, in the public healthcare system, physicians must prescribe drugs by their Brazilian Common Denomination (Denominação Comum Brasileira – DCB). However, despite legislation that supports their prescription, generics still have a small market share, representing only 27.3% of all drug units sold in Brazil in January 2014. A potential reason for the low penetration of generics into the Brazilian market is a negative perception of the value of generics.

Perceptions of the substitution of generics

Pharmacists are mostly positive about the substitution of generics for brand-name drugs, according to a study analysing negative perceptions about generics, carried out by researchers from New Zealand and the US [1].

Perceptions of the safety and side effects of generics

A quarter of doctors believe that generics are less safe and cause more side effects than brand-name drugs, according to a study carried out by researchers from New Zealand and the US [1].

Perceptions of the effectiveness and quality of generics

More than a quarter of doctors and the general public believe that generics are less effective and of poorer quality than brand-name drugs, according to a study carried out by researchers from New Zealand and the US [1].

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