FAQ

What are generics?
Generics are drugs that contain the same active ingredients as branded equivalents, which are launched on the market after the pharmaceutical manufacturer's patent has expired. Generics must meet identical quality criteria and have the same safety profile as the original drugs. Strict tests based on international regulations prove that the generic drug has the identical quality, safety and bioavailability.

How often are generics prescribed?
In Austria the share of generics on the generics compatible market is over 40 percent. This means the market where there is a corresponding generic drug to the original drug.
More than 8 million pharmaceutical products from Genericon are prescribed by doctors every year in Austria.

Why are generics cheaper?
In contrast to original drugs, the development of a generic drug is significantly quicker and cheaper as the basic research into the tried and tested active ingredient is no longer required. Due to this, generics can be offered at significantly cheaper prices.

Are generics just as effective as the original drugs?
Once it has been proved that the generic drug contains the same active ingredient as the original drug and the same efficacy using bioequivalence studies, the generic drug behaves in the same way in the body as the original drug. This equivalency applies to both its efficacy and safety.

What is a bioequivalence study?
A bioequivalence study is a comparative bioavailability study. Bioavailability is the extent and speed of the absorption of the active ingredient from a dosage form into the circulation and therefore the availability of the active ingredient at the site of action. This internationally recognised process evidences whether there is bioequivalence between a generic drug and the original drug.

Can there be differences in the composition?
Differences between a generic drug and the original drug in the composition are only allowed for the excipients (fillers, dyes etc.) but not for the active ingredients. For example, corn starch can be used as an excipient instead of lactose. However, these differences must not have any influence on the therapeutic effect or the drug's behaviour in the body.

Why am I being prescribed a Genericon product by my doctor?
Doctors have various reasons for prescribing Genericon. Often pharmaceutical products from Genericon are offered in larger package sizes than original pharmaceutical products. This results in a saving potential for the prescription charge for patients. In addition, prescription is made much easier in special indications. As a result, more patients are being treated with a drug that has been proven over years with evidence of bioequivalence galenics. This enables doctors to carefully manage the insured person's contributions and also has a crucial impact on increasing quality of care.

How do I recognise a generic drug from Genericon?
Generics from Genericon can be easily recognised by the binary nomenclature. The active ingredient and company name "Genericon" are used for the name. For example, "Ambroxol Genericon" soluble tablets: "Ambroxol" is the name of the active ingredient and "Genericon" is the company name.
The key feature of Genericon's quality drugs is the dolphin on the packaging. The dolphin with its high recognition value stands for sympathy, quality, trust and safety.