Op-285 Generics - Are They Really Bio Equivalent?

Author(s): 
Pawel Lewek, Joanna Gawlowska, Przemyslaw Kardas
The First Department of the Family Medicine, Medical University of Lodz, Poland
Text: 
Background/ Aim: Generic drugs, according to their definition, ought to be bioequivalent to original, brand-named drugs. However, many physicians and pharmacists are not willing to either prescribe or recommend generics, due to the opinion that cheaper drugs must be less effective. The aim of this study was to verify if there existed any data confirming this perceived prejudice.
Methods: Comprehensive searches of Medline and PubMed databases were performed to identify eligible studies. Keywords "generic drug", "branded drug", "generics" and "bioequivalence" were used.
Results: Many papers concerning drugs' bioequivalencies were found. In order to gain the newest data, final results will be presented during the Conference.
Conclusion: There exists not enough data, still, comparing generic with original drugs. Many studies are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, which, due to their natural vested interest, diminish their credibility. More independent multi-centred studies in this matter are advised.
Literature: 
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GENERICS - ARE THEY REALLY BIO EQUIVALENT?