In a bid to provide consumers with better value for their hard earned money, the healthcare facilities in Abu Dhabi will distribute generic drugs advocating their use over the brand-name drugs. The measure that is being initiated over the weekend will lend the opportunity to patients to have a measure of flexibility to use their prescriptions to buy generic drugs or can also pay the price difference when purchasing branded drugs.
The efficacy of generic medicines have been well established by research works carried out by the US Food and Drug Administration and should not therefore be viewed as inferior or less effective than branded drugs. The Department of Health (DoH) said that the new measure will provide patients a greater degree of control over what they choose to have.
Generic drugs like ibuprofen have been seen to counter inflammation as effectively as branded drugs that purport to do the same, and that too at a lesser price. The DOH has urged healthcare facilities to offer generic drugs as the preferred mode of treatment to patients who wish to keep an eye on costs.