Generic Drugs vs Brand Medicines
What are generic medicines?
Generic medicines are simply another version of a branded medicine. They are medicines which contain the same medicinal ingredient; for example, Paracetamol is the generic name of
the brand medicine Panadol®.
Generic medicines are equally as good and safe
The Government ensures that generic medicines are made to the same standard as branded medicines, so they are as safe and effective and of the same high quality. In fact, many of the companies that make branded products also make generic medicines.
Generics contain the same medicinal ingredient and are identical in strength to the branded medicine, so they treat your condition just the same.
Your GP will always make the best choice of treatment for you.
Why do generic medicines cost less?
The original manufacturer of a new branded medicine has a number of years to recover the costs of developing a new medicine. After that, any licensed manufacturer can make the same product. As more than one company can make the medicine it tends to be a lower cost.
Will I notice any difference?
There may be some difference in colour, shape or size.