Why buy the name-brand drug and not the store brand?

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  1. MickeS

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    This morning I had to buy Tylenol Sinus for my wife. I go to the drugstore and they have Tylenol Sinus for something like $6.79. Right next to it is the store's own version of it, for $4.59. Of course I buy the store brand (even though my wife always makes fun of me for being cheap [​IMG]).
    Why should I buy Tylenol instead of the store brand? Are there any benefits to it? They have the same active ingredient, and the same amount of it. Anyone here that avoids the store brands?
    /Mike
     
  2. Scott Strang

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    I've known several pharmacists and they've all said that given the chemical contents and quantity are identical then there's no reason not to buy the generic or store brand.

    My wife is the same way when it comes to medicine. She only buys brand names.
     
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    People that are brand loyal do. Someone has to pay for Tylenol's giant marketting department...
     
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    Many store brands are made by the brand-name manufacturers anyway, so they're often the exact same product. I know this is true of food products in grocery stores, not sure if this runs all the way through pharmeceuticals or not.

    I always buy the store brand when the ingredients are comparable, and they're usually identical.
     
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    I always buy store brands of "medical" products, but only if I trust the brand. I prefer Walgreens generics to others but will also buy Target store brand. I think store brand food is usually crappy, but off-brand (non-generic) food is sometimes good or better. Like that Quaker bag cereal. Its not really an lower quality ingredients, they are just a huge cereal company, and can get ingredients cheaper, and then lower their packaging cost and pass the savings on to the customer.
     
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    In many cases, they're just the same pills, same manufacturer into different label bottles.

    I know for sure that's the case with some vitamins.

    There are a lot of products out there that the same can be said besides vitamins and medications (e.g. gasoline).
     
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    Don't forget that most manufacturers have an exclusive for a # of years ... like Tylenol ... and olny when that right ends can a generic brand come out.

    Save 30/40% for the same thing .. count me in!

    Brent
     
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    Brief comparison -

    $8 per bottle for Tylenol.
    $3 per bottle for Equate (identical WalMart generic).

    That's more than 50% savings for the exact product in a different wrapper.

    Whenever I go shopping, and yes I do shop at WalMart regularly, I always buy the generic label. Medicine, cotton swabs, band-aids, soda, cookies, macaroni and cheese, etc... the list goes on and on. On my average shopping trip, without using cupons, I will save close to $20 by buying generics.
     
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    I can't wait until the patents/copyrights/whatever-legal-terms for Prozac and Viagra expire. I think Prozac will be open for generic branding in 2005 or even earlier. As expected, Pfizer is furiously working on a new drug with better properties than Prozac to maintain market-share.
    Basically it goes like this: Pharmaceutical company develops a new wonder-drug. Under patent-law they have the right to disallow anyone else from marketing a generic version of the drug for a number of years (10 years?). After that, they must allow others to market the drugs themselves.
    BTW, I don't really need Prozac or Viagra, but I do like the idea of increasing the numbers of happy poor people though! [​IMG]
     
  12. Dave Morton

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    drug companies spend billions of dollars a year on research and development of drugs. This process takes many years until a drug gets to market. Somehow this has to be paid for. That is one of the reasons why companies get exclusive patents on their blockbuster drug.

    Generic drugs may have the same active ingredient but because of the other things in the packaging of the pill, it may not be absorbed into your system as well. So in the example of acetominephen(tylenol), maybe only 70% of the drug is absorbed into your sytem compared to 85% of tylenol. This will make a difference in the efficacy of the drug. Now I just made those numbers up, but there is no clinical testing that the FDA requires to compare the generic versus the original.

    I have tried generic drugs and some work as well as the original, and others do not. But each individual is different and some will work while others may not.
     
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    Dave, that's interesting. Do you have any sources for that information?
     
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    MickeS, I don't have any sources for that info but I know it to be true as well. The inactive ingredients vary WILDLY and are often of lesser quality in generics. I know for certain that when it comes to certain prescriptions such as birth control pills, generics have different inactive ingredients which can lower their efficiency. For many medications its not that big of a deal, but for birth control it is a VERY big deal. My doc won't prescribe anything other than name brand pills for this very reason.
     
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    I live for Nyquil. Any time I start to feel sick - and I can usually tell if I'm coming down with something at least two days before I'm actually sick - I pop a couple of Nyquils (I don't drink the liquid, it's too nasty) and sleep like a baby. It (or rather, the intense sleep it gives me) always relieves the illness and often stops it dead in it's tracks before it gets bad enough to keep me in bed all day.

    However, Nyquil is expensive (~$8 for a dozen), so I went to Costco looking to buy in bulk. They had a pack of 48 (?) generic Costco brand Nyquil for like $5. A pack of 24 actual Nyquil was something like $10. I compared the ingredients, and they're identical. Same ingredients, same amounts. Same damn pill.

    Now I only have to buy one box of "Nyquil" per year and it takes care of the whole family.
     
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    The FDA requires generics to be bioequivalent to the brand name product. I always use generic OTC drugs. Just the same, if I were stable on a extended release prescription medication or one that was particularly potent, I would probably opt for the brand name product.
    For all others, I would go with the generic.
    see also: http://www.fda.gov/fdac/special/newdrug/generic.html
     
  17. Dave Morton

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    Actually, I will correct myself, FDA does require testing between the generic and the original. See this link http://www.fda.gov/cder/about/whatwedo/testtube-17.pdf
    The FDA requires that the generic be bioequivalent. In a nutshell, this bioequivalence means that the 90% confidence interval of the ratio of the mean amount of drug absorpbed and the rate in which it is absorbed must be between 80% and 125%. Thus, it is possible that the absorption of the generic drug is only 80% of the original. This may or may not be effective for everyone. On the other hand generics can be just as good, or perhaps better than the original.
     
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    Thanks for those links guys. That's good enough proof for me that generics are as good as the brand name drugs. I'll have to print that and show my wife. [​IMG]
    /Mike
     
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    Scott, I also agree. There are very few things I'll buy that are store brand or generic. Not only do they taste worse, but I find that things like canned products have more sodium, or more sugar. Other items have more "filler" and thus less meat, or juice, or whatever it is you want the most of.
     

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