May 6, 2009
Ireland should switch from the use of brand name drugs to their generic equivalents. I grew up in the UK (where generic drugs have been the norm for years) and was shocked at the price of medication when I arrived here. Why would I pay several euro for a box of Nurofen when I was used to paying 30p a box for its generic equivalent ibuprofen?
In most cases, generic drugs are 30 – 80% cheaper than their branded equivalents. The HSE would save millions. Literally.
I know there has been some debate between Fine Gael and Fine Fail over this issue but what is the issue? The public should get behind this issue and force the policitians to get their act together. Its a no brainer! The exact same product for a significantly cheaper price. Who doesnt want that?