By LESLEY ALDERMAN
LET me start by saying I'm a fan of generic drugs. They save Americans billions of dollars each year and give us access to wonderful drugs at affordable prices. I've recommended generics in this column many times and use them myself when possible.
But there is a gnawing concern among some doctors and researchers that certain prescription generic drugs may not work as well as their brand-name counterparts.
I have read your comments on Benzos in a prior posting. It appears you believe dependence is more fiction than fact. I recall your statement regarding epileptics and their lack of withdrawel. Assuming I have assumed correctly, do you see or know of a doctor that agrees? I ask out of personal need as I am torn between the use of this medication Thank You
I have also found this topic of generic vs brand name to be very controversial. I was diagnosed with IBS and I have been an avid health researcher since. There is a drug that has always existed that helps with traveller's diarrhea caused by the e.coli bacteria. This drug is now shown to provide results to those suffering from predominant diarrhea as a result of IBS. There is a brand name brand called rifaximin in the United States, however it is also made in Africa under a different name but it is the generic brand. This generic brand was about 30x less expensive than the brand name, so the urge to buy the generic was all too tempting. However, after some investigation, it has been noted that many African pharmaceutical companies lack the rigid quality controls and government inspections such as those conducted in the United States. There have been sightings of rats in the African labs and sometimes clunks of accumulated dirt/debris sitting on the beltlines in which the drugs are manufactured on. After hearing this, it truly lead me to believe that if you were to purchase a generic brand, it should be determined where the drug came from, what the quality standards are in that country and read the reviews on how effective the generic brands are.
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