generic vs brand name drugs

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generic vs brand name drugs

Postby rsuitter » Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:31 pm

Does anyone have feedback on the quality of the various generic forms of Azithromycin, Doxycycline, and Metronidazole.
I am really skeptical of drugs made in India.
The generic drugs are much cheaper, so I would like to go that route if possible, but not if safety and quality are in question.
Also, can anyone recommed an online source that does not require a prescription.
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Re: generic vs brand name drugs

Postby Liberation » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:24 am

rsuitter wrote:Does anyone have feedback on the quality of the various generic forms of Azithromycin, Doxycycline, and Metronidazole.
I am really skeptical of drugs made in India.
The generic drugs are much cheaper, so I would like to go that route if possible, but not if safety and quality are in question.
Also, can anyone recommed an online source that does not require a prescription.
Thanks


You can find generics in Europe. Those are reliable and cheap. As for online sources, are they controlled and regulated by state authorities?
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Re: generic vs brand name drugs

Postby rsuitter » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:04 am

We are in the US, and are looking for a reputable online pharmacy.
There are so many fradulent online pharmacies, we don't want to get ripped off.
What are the European generics called. Do they go by a different name, what company makes them.
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Re: generic vs brand name drugs

Postby SarahLonglands » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:43 am

I'll send you a list of suppliers by private message.

In both Europe and the United States, if you are prescribed anantibiotic it will more than likely be a generic one and antibiotics are so inexpensive to make I doubt if there is musch foul play: it ould cost more. What you have to watch out for are expensive anti-cancer drugs and of course, sex drugs: that is where money can be made.

I have bought stuff from India for friends and apart from the idiosyncratic way they have of sending it, it works, which is what you want.

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Re: generic vs brand name drugs

Postby Liberation » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:38 am

rsuitter wrote:We are in the US, and are looking for a reputable online pharmacy.
There are so many fradulent online pharmacies, we don't want to get ripped off.
What are the European generics called. Do they go by a different name, what company makes them.
Thanks


I used stuff from Ratiopharm and Aliud. I think both are Germans. I think if you find any generics at the drugstore in the USA that should be ok. Pharmacies are very much regulated in most of Europe, just as drugs. So, you can be sure that you get the right stuff.
Online pharmacy sounds very fishy to me. University studies in Europe showed that even most of the vitamins do not contain the stuff what they indicate in the label. That is very common when you can not see what you buy and no regulation is in effect. Also, you might get contaminated or expired stuff from these sources.
Ask for regulatory approval, licenses, etc. Check the legal environment, etc. Be careful with countries, which have lax legal regulations!
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Re: generic vs brand name drugs

Postby SarahLonglands » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:26 am

Lib, the companies who sell brand name as well as generic drugs are fine, even if they are based in India. I have bought brand name rulid from somewhere in Thailand and it was genuine: the box was exactly the same as my French stuff and the expiry date was plain to see. I bought it for three years from 2005 - 2008 and I wasn't poisoned. After I finished treatment, I bought some generic rulid for someone else from both Thailand and India and he got completely better. My husband has also taken the Indian stuff for a mouth infection, which it cleared easily. There are companies around selling fake drugs and by and large they have been discovered now by Interpol, so in a way, the ones still in business are now safer.

Every place I recommend sells stuff plastered with expiry dates, licenses and so on: I wouldn't recommend such places otherwise.

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Re: generic vs brand name drugs

Postby lovelife » Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:14 pm

Hi sorry to be jumping on this thread but I am also looking to buy some generic abx but I am not sure of
wich one to start looking at.
I am based in the uk.
Any thoughts would be great.
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