What does a term generic medication?
Wikipedia gives the following definition: “Generic drug (pl. generic drugs, short: generics) is a drug which is produced and distributed without a brand name. A generic must contain the same active ingredients as the original formulation. In most cases, it is considered bioequivalent to the brand name counterpart with respect to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties. By extension, therefore, generics are assumed to be identical in dose, strength, route of administration, safety, efficacy, and intended use.”
Does a generic medication differ from a brand name drug?
Not much, actually. But there is a difference, of course. To see the difference more clearly we have made a table: click here
|Active ingredient||same||Whether a manufacturer makes brand name drugs or generic drugs, the standards are the same. The ingredients are the most important element. The ingredient in the drug that helps cure you or make you feel better, is called the "medicinal" or active ingredient. While both generic and brand name drugs must have the same amounts of good quality medicinal ingredients, other ingredients are also found in drugs.|
|Effect||same||Since the active ingredient is the same, the effect produced by the generic drugs and the brand name drugs is the same.|
|Name||different||Generic medications cannot be manufactured under brand names since this is a copyright infringement case. Generics are usually named by their active ingredient names.|
|Shape||different||Shape of a pills is also a copyright of a brand, thus the shape of generic pills is different from the one of the original brand|
|Color||different||Color of a pills is also a copyright of a brand, thus the color of generic pills is different from the one of the original brand|
|Price||different||Generic medications are considerably cheaper than the brand name drugs.|
Why are generic pills cheaper than the brand name ones?
The principal reason for the reduced price of generic medicines is that the creation of the generic drug runs up less cost and therefore a lower price can be offered and still maintain profitability.
Manufacturers of generic drugs are mainly able to avoid the following three costs that brand name pharmaceutical companies incur: (1) costs associated with the research and development of the drug; (2) costs associated obtaining regulatory approval (i.e. proving safety and efficacy of a drug); and (3) marketing costs.
First, Generic manufacturers do not incur the cost of drug discovery and instead reverse-engineer existing brand name drugs to allow them to manufacture bioequivalent versions.
Second, generic manufacturers do not bear the burden of proving the safety and efficacy of the drugs through clinical trials - rather, generic manufacturers must prove the generic drug’s bioequivalancy to the existing drug.
Third, these companies receive the large benefit of the marketing and advertising that goes into pushing the innovator drug. The brand name drug has to prove itself in the eyes of the consumer, generic ones do not. The drugs that generic manufacturers are selling have been on the market for usually a decade or more and do not need additional advertising. For the same reason, generic manufacturers also do not give away sample doses to promote their products. The significant research, development and marketing costs incurred by the large pharmaceutical companies in introducing a new drug to the market is often cited as the reason for the high cost of new agents - they wish to recover these costs before the patent expires. Generic manufacturers do not incur these costs, with bioequivalence testing and manufacturing costing relatively little, and are able to charge significantly less than the brand.
Where are the pills you offer shipped from?
The pills we offer are produced by Indian manufacturers. To make sure our entire product list is in stock, the orders are sent out directly by our manufacturer. Usually it takes approximately two weeks for an order to be delivered to your location but in some cases may take up to three weeks.
Are your pills FDA approved?
Since the medications we offer are produced in India they are approved by the Indian FDA. Our drug manufacturers perform a series of tests, both during and after production, to show that every drug meets the requirements for that product.
What is the difference between Soft and Regular pills? My order was for “soft” tabs but the pills I received are hard!
“Soft” and “regular” are just terms describing the method of use. Soft pills are meant for sublingual administration. They are put under the tongue till they dissolve. Regular pills are taken with water. Both “soft” and “regular” pills are hard in their consistence.
Where do the pills come from?
The pills that we offer are produced by Indian manufacturers. To make sure our entire product list is in stock, the orders are sent out directly by our manufacturer.
What shipping methods are available?
Two shipping methods are available at the moment:
- Trackable Courier Service
- International Unregistered Mail
What countries do you ship orders to? What are the shipping costs? How long does the delivery take?
Please see the table below for answers:
|Questions||Trackable Courier Service||International Unregistered Mail|
|How long does the delivery take?||7-9 working days||14-21 week days|
|What are the shipping costs?||20$ per package||Free|
|What countries do you ship orders to?||This option is not available for:
||The orders are shipped worldwide|
Please Note! If you order brand pills it is not possible to choose International Unregistered Mail as a shipping method. The order will be sent by Trackable Courier Service only.
How do you ship orders? Will I have to sign for the package?
If sent by the standard unregistered mail the order will come in a plain envelope without any reference to content. The envelope will be left in your mail box. There is no need to sign for it. If sent by a courier, the recipient needs to sign for the package. All orders are shipped in discreet packaging. There is no mention on the outside of the package as to what is contained inside. Furthermore, your name or any other personal information will never be given or sold to any other company. Your privacy is our utmost concern.
Will my order be delivered in one package or you will divide it in case the order is large?
If an order includes 90 pills (or more) or if there are different types of medications in one order we will have to send the pills separately. Thus the delivery will take longer than 3 weeks since the packages are sent with the interval of approximately 7 days one by one. This is done to secure the delivery.
What if the order is not received during the time stated?
Your satisfaction with the products and the services we provide is our prime aim. In case the order is not received within the delivery time stated, we guarantee a replacement, free of charge, or your payment back!
Is your site secure?
All the information you provide is confidential and is not given to any third parties.
On our site, you fill in a form to order your medications. Your personal information inserted is used for the delivery of goods and for and orders confirmation message. This information is also used to contact the customer if needed. The information is not used for any spam or promotional messages etc.
Our stuff does not have any access to the customers’ credit card information. Customer support operators can see only the last four digits of your credit card in the database.
All the data from the “checkout page” is directly transferred to the secure server of the payment system.
Payments security is ensured by encrypting your personal information during its transfer from the customer to the bank for the processing. We use 128 bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software to encrypt the information you input.
What are the payment methods available?
!!!! PayPal, WebMoney payments are NOT accepted.
|Credit card payment||Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Discover, Debit Cards|
What is the difference between regular pills and pills with "SR, ER, XR, XL, TR, CR" abbreviates?
Sustained-release (SR), extended-release (ER, XR, or XL), time-release or timed-release, controlled-release (CR), or continuous-release (CR or Contin) pills are tablets or capsules formulated to dissolve slowly and release a drug over time. The advantages of sustained-release tablets or capsules are that they can often be taken less frequently than instant-release formulations of the same drug, and that they keep steadier levels of the drug in the bloodstream. Sustained-release tablets are formulated so that the active ingredient is embedded in a matrix of insoluble substance (various: some acrylics, even chitin, these are often patented) so that the dissolving drug has to find its way out through the holes in the matrix. In some SR formulations the matrix physically swells up to form a gel, so that the drug has first to dissolve in matrix, then exit through the outer surface.
There are certain considerations for the formation of sustained release formulation:
- If the active compound has a long half-life (over six hours), it is sustained on its own.
- If the pharmacological activity of the active compound is not related to its blood levels, time releasing then has no purpose.
- If the absorption of the active compound involves an active transport, the development of a time-release product may be problematic.
- Finally, if the active compound has a short half-life, it would require a large amount to maintain a prolonged effective dose. In this case, a broad therapeutic window is necessary to avoid toxicity; otherwise, the risk is unwarranted and another mode of administration would be recommended.
The difference between controlled release and sustained release is that controlled release is a perfectly zero order release; that is, the drug releases over time irrespective of concentration. Sustained release implies slow release of the drug over a time period. It may or may not be controlled release.