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I was wondering if any of you guys have experience with generic medicines? I know that in the past if were to buy from some of these smaller pharmacies it was hit or miss whether you

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I bought a bunch load of Paracetemol last week... They were 1/2 the cost of the generic Paracetemol offered by Rose or Mercury. I usually have to take 3 or 4 to get rid of an oncoming migrane, but the ones I got from the Generics, I only need 2 of them. I give em two thumbs up for good medicine at a reduction of the cost... I just do not want to know where they came from in order to be that cheap (hopefully they are melamine free).

 

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I have talked to doctors here and K is also able to discuss this with staff at Cebu Doctor's College. The feedback I get is if you are going to buy a generic drug, buy one that is "branded" by a reputable company. The drugs sold with no brand name have a history of quality, potency and expiration issues.

 

For instance, I take metoprolol. The generics in the normal pharmacies run from P15 down to P1.50. I checked out the lowest price company and found that their web site looked infantile and the tablets themselves were not well formed and the packaging was flimsy. So I went for a more expensive brand at P5.50 (Now down to P4.50) which checked out with sources and my own research!

 

All generic medications are not created equal. Beware!

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I bought a bunch load of Paracetemol last week... They were 1/2 the cost of the generic Paracetemol offered by Rose or Mercury. I usually have to take 3 or 4 to get rid of an oncoming migrane, but the ones I got from the Generics, I only need 2 of them. I give em two thumbs up for good medicine at a reduction of the cost... I just do not want to know where they came from in order to be that cheap (hopefully they are melamine free).

 

-Nick

 

Price isnt really an issue the cost of production is low we just get ripped off on the cost at point of sale.

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I have a friend with 5 Pharmacies in Cebu who is being hit by the recession basically people are dropping from monthly purchases to day to day instead. Point was he was asking if there was a way to improve business for extra income it could be a viable route for deliveries for expat medication on a home delivery service if its something people are interested in. Wont be a big income boost but could guarantee the quality of a lot of products.

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The reason many doctors will talk down even reputable generic brands,is that they get kickbacks off the big brand leaders.

Not that i have to take any medication,but i always buy reputable generic brands of things like paracetomol,aspirin etc.

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The reason many doctors will talk down even reputable generic brands,is that they get kickbacks off the big brand leaders.

Not that i have to take any medication,but i always buy reputable generic brands of things like paracetomol,aspirin etc.

 

Anyone that has visited a doctor in the Philippines has probably seen the long line

of pharmaceutical representatives also waiting to see the doctor。

Those reps hand out free samples and to my understanding also arrange the kickbacks

and other incentives to the doctor。

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The reason many doctors will talk down even reputable generic brands,is that they get kickbacks off the big brand leaders.

Not that i have to take any medication,but i always buy reputable generic brands of things like paracetomol,aspirin etc.

 

Anyone that has visited a doctor in the Philippines has probably seen the long line

of pharmaceutical representatives also waiting to see the doctor。

Those reps hand out free samples and to my understanding also arrange the kickbacks

and other incentives to the doctor。

 

I agree.

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I have talked to doctors here and K is also able to discuss this with staff at Cebu Doctor's College. The feedback I get is if you are going to buy a generic drug, buy one that is "branded" by a reputable company. The drugs sold with no brand name have a history of quality, potency and expiration issues.

 

For instance, I take metoprolol. The generics in the normal pharmacies run from P15 down to P1.50. I checked out the lowest price company and found that their web site looked infantile and the tablets themselves were not well formed and the packaging was flimsy. So I went for a more expensive brand at P5.50 (Now down to P4.50) which checked out with sources and my own research!

 

All generic medications are not created equal. Beware!

 

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