Truth be told: Generics aren’t just convenient, they’re safe and effective

Generic medicines have long played a vital role in healthcare systems around the world. Known as off-patent drugs, generics are bioequivalent to brand-name drugs in terms of dosage, strength, quality, form, effect, intended use, side effects, and route of administration1. In the United States, 9 out of 10 prescriptions given to patients are for generic drugs. The production of generic drugs in the United States has also increased due to the increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases throughout the region, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, all of which require management with maintenance drugs.

In the Philippines, one of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s first statements when he took office was to ease the financial burden for people buying maintenance drugs and other treatments. He said that if there are cheaper generics on the market, the prices will be lower because of the competition2.

The presidents’ statement is essentially the spirit of RA 6675 or the Generics Act of 1988, an act to promote, require and ensure the manufacture and adequate supply, distribution, use and acceptance of drugs and medicines identified by their generic names.

One pharmacy that has long supported this cause is Generika Drugstore which made quality and affordable generic drugs and other essential healthcare products accessible to the Philippine market. He has also taken an active role in expanding the acceptance and use of generic drugs through various consumer education efforts, debunking myths that continue to persist. Here are some of them:

MYTH 1: Generic drugs are not safe

THE TRUTH: Through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), all medicines, whether brand name or generic, go through a series of inspections and approval processes, usually lasting 60 days to 6 months, to ensure these medicines are safe and of the highest quality. Similarly, the FDA regularly ensures that pharmaceutical products and establishments on the market meet high-quality standards with good manufacturing practices.

MYTH 2: Generic drugs are not as effective as brand-name drugs

THE TRUTH: Generic medicines are just as effective as brand-name medicines because they both use the same active ingredient.

The Generics Act of 1988 defines active ingredients as the chemical component of medicines responsible for the therapeutic effect of any pharmaceutical product, thus emphasizing that the composition of both generic and brand-name products is equally potent and efficient. Other than that, generics are must be the same as a brand-name medicine in terms of dosage, safety, efficacy, strength, stability and quality, as well as in the way it is taken3.

MYTH 3: Generic medicines are sold cheaply because they are of low quality

THE TRUTH: Generic medicines go through the same rigorous FDA approval process as brand-name medicines. They are, however, more cost-effective since they don’t have to repeat the RND tests and clinical studies conducted by the parent brand.

No less than the World Health Organization (WHO) has given its support and endorsement to the promotion of generic medicines as a vital strategy to address the challenges of affordability and accessibility to essential medicines4. For its part and for a long time, Generika Drugstore has helped to empower Filipino communities by readily producing generic drugs available so that patients are able to sustain their treatment regimen and complete their journey to full recovery.

For more information, visit or follow Generika Drugstore on social media; Facebook: Generika Drugstore (@GenerikaDrugstorePH), Instagram: Generika Drugstore (@generikadrugstore), Tiktok: Generika Drugstore Official (@generika_drugstore).


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