About generic drugs
What is a generic drug?
A: It is a drug that is distributed or sold marked with the common name of the active ingredient, with or without identified with a trademark. For example, Ibuprofen 400mg.
When and why do generic drugs arise?
A: Since 30 years ago, when they began to overcome the patents of original drugs, also called innovators, they began to develop similar products, or generics, to make economically more affordable drugs available to the consumer. The difference is that generics are drugs that are made after the molecule has been developed; the drugs with brand are the first to make the molecule and those who invest in research and development, but that are two molecules, two drugs with the same function, the same action in the body.
How do I know if a drug is generic or is original?
A: Except for the innovator, all medicines that have the same active ingredient and concentration are generic, even if they have a commercial name. In the drugstore, they can tell you which is the original / innovative.
Are generic drugs safe?
A: Generics drugs have the same safety than original drugs. In addition, regulatory authorities submitted to rigorous document and laboratory test to ensure that they meet the safety criteria, because generics drugs have the same active ingredients and the same mechanism of action as original drugs, to verify that both have the same security profile.
Are generics taking longer to perceive their therapeutic effect?
A: No. Generics are as effective as original drugs: they have the same active ingredient, the same mode of action, and the same amounts as original drugs, so the therapeutic effect is the same. In some medicines with special characteristics (for example: narrow therapeutic margin), some countries require that bioequivalence studies be presented to ensure that the same amount of active ingredient is delivered in the same time as the brand product.
Why do generics cost less?
A: Another myth is that generics cost less because they are of lower quality than the original drug.. The reality is that they are equally effective and reliable, and offer the same benefit as original drugs but at a lower cost, because they do not include the costs of research and development, the costs of patents. Additionally, its manufacturers spend less on advertising and promotion. However, they do not cost less because they are of lower quality.
Do generics have good quality standards?
A: Yes. The sanitary authorities of the countries verify that all generics comply with the manufacturing tests before granting a sanitary registry, and carry out post-marketing controls. This includes the use of quality raw materials, appropriate facilities for manufacturing, adequate, and sufficient testing to demonstrate the quality of the products. In many cases, companies that manufacture original drugs (innovative) also manufacture generics under the same quality parameters.
My doctor tells me that if I buy generics ask if they are bioequivalent. What is bioequivalence? Are ADIUVO products bioequivalent?
A: Bioequivalence, or therapeutic equivalence, is a condition that occurs between two pharmaceutical products that are pharmaceutical equivalents and that show the same or similar bioavailability, according to a series of criteria. In this case, between the product of ADIUVO and the medicine or product of reference (the original, also called innovator). All ADIUVO products are pharmaceutical equivalents of their respective originals / innovators, but only some of them are Bioequivalent. For example Gabapentin and Olmesartan.
What are the excipients?
A: A pharmaceutical excipient is an additive that is added to the active ingredient to shape it, preserve it, facilitate its intake or regulate its activity in our body. The excipients ensure the stability of the active ingredient, act as preservatives or antioxidants.
Why are excipients different in some generics?
A: A generic can have excipients that are the same or different than the original drug. But they are not worse. Always respect the quality levels established by the pharmacopoeias and other reference codes on the quality of drugs
Can these excipients give allergy?
A: Same as the excipients of original drugs. Sensitive people or people with allergies or intolerance problems should be careful and read the information that appears on the leaflets and packaging. But this can be considered as a quality deficit.
What does ADIUVO mean?
A: ADIUVO means HELP. It comes from the Latin Adiuvare (to help). ADIUVO helps you take care of your health and your economy, with quality drugs at a better price.
Are ADIUVO products registered and authorized in the country?
A: Yes, all available products have their sanitary registry in each country that are commercialized.
Why should I use ADIUVO drugs instead of brand name drugs?
A: In ADIUVO we focus on looking for raw materials and top quality manufacturers, ensuring that each final product complies with the same regulations that are required to original drugs, ensuring the quality of them.
In case of question about the consumption of an ADIUVO product or a specific question, where can I communicate?
A: You can do it by clicking on Contact us in the main menu by writing to our email firstname.lastname@example.org, or through our fan page https://www.facebook.com/adiuvoca/. In case of an emergency, always consult your doctor
Where are the ADIUVO products manufactured?
A: Mostly of our products are manufactured in laboratories in India, and the rest in Spain, Honduras and Guatemala.
How do you know that the laboratories where ADIUVO is produced are good?
A: We make sure that all our manufacturers have the appropriate Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certificates, issued by various regulatory authorities. The minimum level of GMP certification of the plants where ADIUVO is produced is that of the World Health Organization (WHO-GMP), and several of our manufacturing laboratories have GMP certification from the European Union (EU-GMP), United Kingdom (UK-MHRA), and United States of America (US-FDA).
How do you ensure the quality of ADIUVO products for sale?
A: In addition to the certification of good manufacturing practices (GMP) of the plants where ADIUVO is manufactured, from each new batch of product we make laboratory analyzes for quality control, in an independent private laboratory in El Salvador, to be sure that the medications that we put on sale comply with the specifications.
How can I find out if ADIUVO has a medication available in my country?
A: Actually, ADIUVO is available in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Coming soon, also in Panama and the Dominican Republic. In the product catalog you can check if the product of your preference is already on sale in your country. Keep in mind that this list is constantly updated, as more products are registered in all countries.
Where can I buy ADIUVO?
A: ADIUVO medications are available in general pharmacies. You can certainly find them in Farmacias del Ahorro, Farmacias Regis and Farmaclínicas de la Comunidad (Honduras) and FarmaValue (El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica), but also in other drug stores in your country.
What do the letters MR, XR, SR, etc. mean? That appear in some ADIUVO products?
A: They are products of modified release. The release is the process by which an active ingredient present in the product becomes available for absorption. In modified release products (MR, for its acronym in English, Modified Release), the temporary characteristics of the release of the active ingredient and / or its location are selected to achieve therapeutic or convenience or comfort for the patient. There are several types of modified release: sustained (SR), extended (XR), prolonged (PR), controlled (CR), etc.
Why are some ADIUVO products sold outside of Drug store?
R: They are free sale (drug or medicated cosmetic that can be sold in non-pharmaceutical establishments, according to current regulations). Of our products, for example DERMAGUARD (sunscreen) is available over the counter.