May 6, 2009

Switch to generic from brand name drugs

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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?


  1. lawlynch

    I dont disagree in principal as long as there is quality control and people have a choice.

    “The exact same product for a significantly cheaper price. Who doesnt want that?”

    many of the generics in the high end of the spectrum (statins, oncology etc) just dont perform as well as the brand names. also the level of quality control and clinical trials for generics is not always up to scratch. the patient should be given all the relevant information and be allowed make an informed decision with their doctor.

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