What is a Generic Drug?

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The Central government recently issued a warning to doctors at the government-run hospitals and CGHS wellness centres to follow the prescribed rules for issuing generic medicines.

About Generic Drug:

  • It is a medication that has exactly the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug and yields the same therapeutic effect.
  • It is the same in dosing, safety, strength, quality, the way it works, the way it is taken, and the way it should be used.
  • These similarities help to demonstrate bioequivalence, which means that a generic medicine works in the same way and provides the same clinical benefit as the brand-name medicine.
  • They also have the same risks and benefits as their brand-name counterparts.
  • Generic drugs do not need to contain the same inactive ingredients as the brand-name product.
  • A generic drug can only be marketed after the brand name drug's patent has expired.
  • Generic drugs are usually much less expensive than brand-name drugs.


Q1) What is an allopathic medicine?

A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery.

SourceCentre Warns Govt Hospitals: Prescribe Generic Medicines Or Face Action