The use of generic meds on the rise in SA, here is why...

According to research in the Mediscor Medicines Review, the use of generic medicine has hit a record high of 60% compared to a low 35% just over a decade ago.

Head of the Generic Medicines unit at the Medical Controls Council, Dr Jeanette Lotter, says the Medical Controls Council ensures that all the medicine on the market are good, safe and of good quality and standard.

She says they receive about a thousand applications a year for the registration of new generic medication.

We have seen a steady increase in a number of applications for registration of generic medication. The more registrations we receive the more medication you going to see in the market.

Dr. Jeanette Lotter, Head of the Generic Medicines unit at the Medical Controls Council

They are regulated in the same standards as the innovator/original medicine. Whatever is in the market is of exactly the same standard.

Dr. Jeanette Lotter, Head of the Generic Medicines unit at the Medical Controls Council

Lotter says the increase could be attributed to affordability but that is not the criteria they use to evaluate the medicine. They focus on the effectiveness, quality and safety of that particular medicine.

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:


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