In recent years the use of generic medicines has become increasingly popular in Ireland. Other European countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany and Finland have created a generic friendly healthcare system and have proven that generics deliver cost saving whilst ensuring quality and safety to the patient. You may have already experienced a change in your medication from a "branded" product to a "generic" product or you may be considering asking your pharmacist for a generic product for cost purposes. Whatever your query, this website will enable you to understand more about the switch from a "branded" or "originator" product to a generic. Some of the most common questions asked in relation to generics are answered below in an impartial practical way.
“Millions of euro could be saved by the health service if doctors switched to prescribing generic drugs for older people. More than 60 per cent of people over the age of 75 are on five drugs or more. Of those, less than 15 per cent are prescribed generic medication”
Source of Research: TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing).