If you go to the pharmacy with a new prescription, there’s a good chance you will be asked the following question:
“Do you want the generic rather than the brand name drug?”
Or maybe you’ve been given the generic automatically without even being asked, which is scary.
The question of choosing the brand name or the generic drug may seem simple, especially when the only argument that is provided is that “the generic is much cheaper.” Yet, few people really know the differences between brand name and generic drugs.
In this little cartoon, I offer a somewhat different perspective from what you probably hear usually. My goal is not to be preachy, but rather to invite people to learn more about their medications and make an informed choice. So let’s look together at the REAL difference between generic and brand name drugs.
Below is the PDF version of this comic for those who would like to print and/or save it on their computer.
Declaration of potential conflicts of interest (cool, I’ve always wanted to say that!)
Some will say that I am “biased”, because I work both as a community pharmacist and in the pharmaceutical industry.
My reply to this is that my dual role is PRECISELY why I am not biased. I have the rare opportunity to really know both sides of the story and it is precisely for this reason that I wish to address this topic.
* Source: Report of the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Sept. 2012 (http://www.chspr.ubc.ca/sites/default/files/publication_files/chspr_wp_law_generic_pricing.pdf)
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