Motorcade drumbeats generic drugs as effective yet cheaper meds


BORONGAN CITY, Sept 23 (PIA) — Generic drugs have the same healing power as branded drugs.

 

This was  the idea brought by the Department of Health (DOH) and the local health authorities as they held a motorcade to drumbeat the use of generic drugs.

 

Generics@30: DOH 8 and Borongan City local health authorities with local drug stores held a motorcade around the city to drumbeat the use of generic drugs found to be as effective but less costly than branded drugs. (nbq/PIA 8-E Samar) 

Generic drugs are copies of brand-name drugs that have exactly the same dosage, intended use, effects, side effects, route of administration, risks, safety, and strength as the original drug.

This month, DOH marks the 30th year of Generics Act of 1988 or Republic Act (RA)Number 6675 which was amended by RA 9502, known as the Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008. 

DOH pharmacist Caressabelle Campani Nyl Ty said that the theme this year is “Tatlong Dekada: Generics, Abot Kamay…Abot Kaya”.

Milagros Amosco, 61, a widow said she prefers generic drugs for her hypertension maintenance because it costs less and she feels it has the same effect on her.

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“Why buy costly meds, if I can have them cheaper, then I can use the extra money for my other needs.” She added.  

Together with the owners of drugstores in the town of Borongan, DOH health authorities held the motorcade on September 20 to create awareness that generic drugs are as effective as branded ones. (NBQ/PIA 8-E. Samar)

 

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