Generic - Drug Awareness for Wider Acceptability (G-DAWA) is an innovative, free medical app launched by Govt. of Gujarat to create social awareness about generic medicines.
What is the Deendayal Prime Minister Jan Aushadhi Store (DPMJAS)?
Deendayal Prime Minister Jan Aushadhi Store (DPMJAS) is an ambitious program conceived and implemented by Govt. of Gujarat to provide generic medicines at affordable prices. Deendayal Prime Minister Jan Aushadhi Store (DPMJAS) pharmacy reflects strong commitment of Govt. of Gujarat to reduce the cost of treatment or out-of- pocket expenditure for the patients. Lakhs of patients will benefit from this initiative. Deendayal Prime Minister Jan Aushadhi Store (DPMJAS) would be selling generic drugs (all specialties), and implants at very affordable prices. Patients can buy medicines and implants at up to 80 percent cheaper prices than the open market from the stores open under this scheme.
What is a Generic Medicine ?
Generic medicines are unbranded medicines which have equal safety and efficacy as that of branded medicines in terms of their therapeutic value. The prices of generic medicines are much cheaper than their branded equivalents.
How the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines are ensured?
The generic drugs are having the same efficacy and therapeutic value as that of branded medicines.
How do the Generic medicines benefit to the patients?
The cost of generic medicines having the same quality as that of branded medicines being cheaper than their branded equivalent, generic medicines help in reducing out of pocket expenditure on health care.
Why do generic medicines cost less? How much less do they really cost?
Generic medicines are offered at lower prices than branded medicines because initial basic and clinical research programs do not need to be repeated in full and generic medicines do not need to incur sales and marketing costs. Generic medicines can cost anywhere from 20% to 90% less than the price of branded medicines. These cost benefits are passed on to patients.
How long does it take to bring a generic medicine to patients?
The time it takes for a generic medicine to get to the market varies based on the medicine and its patent landscape, as well as the complexity of the product. In general, the development process for a generic drug is faster than it is for a new branded medicine.
Why do generic and brand name drugs look different?
Generally, the trademark laws do not allow generic drugs to look exactly like the brand name drug. However, the generic drug must have the same active ingredients. Colors, flavors, and certain other inactive ingredients may be different but the effectiveness of the drug remains the same.
Why generic medicine should be preferred?
General Practitioners (GP) and hospital doctors are often encouraged to prescribe medicines generically because they are medically the same as the original brand, but usually cost less. This saves money of patients. If a medicine is prescribed to a patient privately, and the patient is paying the full cost of the medicine themselves, the patient usually pays less if the medicine is prescribed generically.
Do pharmacists have a choice of supplying original brands or generic versions of a medicine?
When doctors prescribe a medicine, they have a choice of prescribing it by its brand name or the name of its active ingredient. The active ingredient is sometimes called the ‘generic name’. If doctors specify brand names on prescriptions, pharmacists must dispense the brand. If doctors prescribe using the ingredient, and there are generic versions available, pharmacists can supply the original brand or the generic version.
Why are the names of brand drugs different from the names of generic drugs?
Drug products have many different names: chemical, generic and brand. The chemical name is typically very complex and reflects the actual physical makeup of the drug (active ingredient) itself. Generic names are based on the drug product’s chemical name and is a commonly referred to name for both the generic and brand of the drug. The brand name is created by the pharmaceutical company for marketing the medication. The brand name is typically catchy and easy-to-remember.
Where else can I get information about generic drugs?
You can find the details of drugs from the websites
You can download the G-DAWA android mobile application from - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.c2info.eDawa&hl=en
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about your generic drugs. Be aware that your generic drug may not look like the brand name product.
How big is the generic medicines market?
Generic medicines already have a greater overall market share than reference products; however, their total cost is still much lower, because they cost significantly less. Generic medicines play a critical role in helping the Indian healthcare system manage the growing cost of prescription drugs.
How fast is the generic medicines market growing?
The generic medicines industry worldwide is growing by roughly 10% per year on average. This rate is expected to continue, and is significantly higher than the equivalent growth rate for branded pharmaceuticals.