Difference between Generic and Princeps drugs

Understanding the crucial difference between generic and brand-name drugs

One of the most frequently asked questions in the pharmaceutical field is the difference between generic and branded drugs, also known as originator drugs. To clarify this distinction once and for all, let's delve into the basics of drug composition.

The Key Ingredients of Medicines
A medicine is composed of two essential elements: active ingredients and excipients. Active ingredients are the molecules responsible for the drug's therapeutic effect, while excipients are the ingredients that give it its shape and texture.

Generic vs. branded drugs
When a drug is launched on the market, its patent generally expires after 10 years. This means that other laboratories can reproduce the same drug using the same active molecule, but sometimes modifying the excipients. Herein lies the main difference between a generic and a brand-name drug: the composition of excipients may vary.

Consequences for therapeutic effect
Despite variations in excipients, the active molecule remains identical between the generic and the brand-name product. Consequently, the therapeutic effects should be equivalent. The difference often lies in aspects such as the shape, color or taste of the drug, influenced by the excipients.

Conclusion: Making an Informed Choice
Understanding the distinction between generic and brand-name drugs is essential to making informed healthcare decisions. Whether for economic reasons or personal preference, it's important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to choose the most appropriate treatment.

In short, the difference lies mainly in the excipients, while the therapeutic efficacy remains similar between the two types of medication. To learn more about health in a simple and accessible way, subscribe to our content. Take care and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Dr Noura Marashi (Doctor of Pharmacy, health youtuber, creator of the Pharmaquiz health and well-being app),

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