'Doctors could save SA economy R4-billion per year in generic medicines'

One of the leading generic medicine providers in the country Pharma Dynamics says there are cheaper generic alternatives to replace the prescription of expensive brand-name medication costing the SA economy around R4-billion a year.

The company says patients are paying between 40% and 80% more than they need to.

Erik Roos, CEO of Pharma Dynamics said “for patients with hypertension (high blood pressure) alone, substituting brand-name prescription medication for generics, would save millions.”

He adds that many patients are paying over R350 for a product that could be costing them in the region of R75.

“The reason generic manufacturers can sell medication at a lower cost is not because it is of inferior quality, but because of the increased competition among generic manufacturers, who don’t have to go through the expensive research and development phase that brand companies have already gone through,” said Roos.

Dr Mark Sonderup, Physician & Vice Chair of the South African Medical Journals has questioned these claims.

There are a number of reasons why people may actually prescribe the original, that is because there is actually no alternative generic.

Dr Mark Sonderup, Physician & Vice Chair of the South African Medical Journal

If patients want to actually use the more expensive brand they have go to be prepared to pay.

Dr Mark Sonderup, Physician & Vice Chair of the South African Medical Journal

I am not sure what their dissertation is based on and I would like to see the actual empiric evidence that they are claiming.

Dr Mark Sonderup, Physician & Vice Chair of the South African Medical Journal

Listen to the full interview below...


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
High Court: Zuma abused court process in order to reap benefits for his own good

High Court: Zuma abused court process in order to reap benefits for his own good

EWN reporter Barry Bateman reports that the Presidency is asking for leave to appeal the NPA Nxasana and Abrahams judgment.

West Coast rock lobster dwindling due to poaching, says fisheries prof

West Coast rock lobster dwindling due to poaching, says fisheries prof

The West Coast rock lobster is one of South Africans’ favourite festive-season foods. But could the local crayfish be in danger?

CNN names Cape Town's 'Mama Rosie' among top 10 heroes - vote so she can be No.1

CNN names Cape Town's 'Mama Rosie' among top 10 heroes - vote so she can be No.1

Rosie Mashale, a.ka. 'Mama Rosie', runs a home for vulnerable and orphaned children affected by HIV/Aids in Khayelitsha.

Overhaul planned for medical aid prescribed minimum benefits

Overhaul planned for medical aid prescribed minimum benefits

Council for Medical Schemes says bi-annual review will benefit consumers and will extend cover to more essential conditions.

Accreditation problems could lead to nursing shortage

Accreditation problems could lead to nursing shortage

Denosa says some of the private nursing colleges fail to teach the right courses prescribed by the Nursing Council.

Aspirin is aspirin, or is it? The science of generic medicine…

Aspirin is aspirin, or is it? The science of generic medicine…

Generic drugs use the same active ingredients than branded drugs. It’s usually much cheaper, but is it really as good?

Popular articles
South Africans Doing Great Things |  Nkosinathi Nkomo

South Africans Doing Great Things | Nkosinathi Nkomo

Wasanga speaks to Co-founder of AquaRenu, Nkosinathi Nkomo about turning a problem into an opportunity.

Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Ndlozi explains the significance of the the first chapter of his thesis: 'Trauma in the archives'.

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Steinhoff International Chairperson Christo Wiese.

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Urologist Dr Shingai Mutambirwa says penile curvature is only a concern if it impedes a man's ability to have penetrative sex.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Bruce Whitfield interviews the remarkable Wiese (net worth R100 billion!) about how it all began and where it’s going.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?