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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].

Generics in the pipeline for 2017 in the US

Since the Hatch-Waxman Act was passed in 1984, the approval process for generics has been simplified. The law created an abbreviated approval pathway for generics making it easier for generics to enter the market and expanding access to important — often life-saving — drugs.

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