Generic drugs

They are drugs which have the same chemical composition as branded drugs. They are sold under their chemical name instead of the branded name and are usually cheaper. There has been a movement in recent years to bolster the generic drug scenario in the country and the Govt has even promised to provide them free at public health facilities. Thanks to lack of patent laws that don’t recognise intellectual property rights, India is the leading manufacturer of generic drugs in the world and many developing countries are dependent on Indian pharmaceuticals for drugs to treat various diseases including HIV-AIDS, malaria and even cancer.


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Generic Drugs – what you need to know
- Nirmalya Dutta
September 26, 2012 at 05:30pm
India’s the global  leader in the generic market with Indian drugs popular in Africa and other emerging markets. Some Indian pharmaceuticals have …

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