1 Oct 14

There are much talks about generic and brand medications and when trying to see into a matter, it seems even harder to make a choice between these too. However, the market of ED pills is teeming with brand drugs and even more with generic. It wouldn’t be that confusing but for the price. While the name ‘brand’ sounds more respectful, the price tag is on the generic side. Here is another attempt to help you study out what’s the difference between the two and let’s take Viagra as an example.

Generic is a drug with proven pharmaceutical, biological and therapeutic equivalence with the original medication. That means generic drug possesses the same composition of active ingredients and providing the same efficiency as the original, but it doesn’t have patent protection. It may differ by color, shape, medication form (gel, jelly, pills) and composition of additional ingredients. Such drugs enter the market once the patent term for original medication expires.

Most people have never heard the word “generic” though almost certainly every person at least once in his life has bought generic version of the medication. Some even buy them on a regular basis without even knowing that. One of the differences between them is the price. So there is a logical question: why two identical drugs cost differently? Let’s answer this question by simply coming into the nearest drugstore. There is an beautiful green pack of aspirin with a logo you’ve seen hundreds of times on TV. Next to it is an inexpensive pack of aspirin that lacks that beautiful packaging. The last is cheaper. The same with Viagra popular blue pills. Viagra is a household name already thanks to commercials that advertise it several times a day on many TV channels. At the same time a few people only know that sildenafil is an active component of Viagra that is responsible for male’s excellent performance. Generic viagra is usually called by the name of its main component, that is sildenafil. Sildenafil has another name, package, not almond shaped pills some of which are white (sildenafil soft pills). But the result you get from taking them is the same. At the same time you pay less for sildenafil.

Generic drug is not a fake but the cheaper alternative for the brand medication. You should not be stunned by low prices; generics are wholly chemical equivalent of widely advertised brand drugs. The manufacturers of brand drugs had heavily invested in the development of the formula and clinical trials so the price of the product should first of all cover the money spent. Generic manufacturers don’t invent the formula, they just copy the existing one. They also don’t spend money on clinical trials and drug promotion. Thus their generics can effectively compete with brand drugs in terms of cost efficiency.

There is a misbelief that generic drugs are produced on shoddy or outmoded equipment. It’s not true. Since the process of production of generics copy that of the brand, factory reproducers must have appropriate laboratories and manufacturing facilities. CIPLA is the largest manufacturer of generic medications. It is located in India and it makes about 30% of all generic drugs world wide, including erectile dysfunction drugs. By the way generic viagra aka sildenafil citrate is produced by CIPLA, too. With ‘Caring for Life’ logo in mind, the experts of this global pharmaceutical manufacturing giant care for your sexual life as well. And for your family budget.