Generic Cialis – the definition, producers, price and legal issues!

Generics appeared in developed states in the second half of the last century. Their distribution was caused by the low cost, which greatly increased the social value of these drugs, making treatment affordable for all segments of the population.

The definition of generics

According to the WHO, a generic medicament is identical to a branded remedy, it contains the analogous main active agent and, as the production of both types of medicaments is subject to strict government quality control with the purpose to meet accepted standards, a generic remedy can be freely used instead of a brand one. Unfortunately, this official definition does not always correspond to reality.

In medical literature, there are various definitions of the term, including the following:
I) A medical product, which is (1) usually considered an equivalent (interchangeable) to the original remedy, (2) manufactured, as a rule, without the license of the original remedy’s developer, (3) released to the drug market after expiry of a patent or other form of exceptional (exclusive) rights.
II) An innovative brand medical remedy traded in the country’s market, manufactured in the analogous form (for instance, pills or syrup) and dosage. Auxiliary substances in this remedy can be different. However, in practice, many producers release generic remedies in other forms (for instance, effervescent tablets instead of classic pills).
III) A remedy, which is subject to registration on the basis of the abridged application. Its active agent corresponds to that contained in the original remedy, but it is produced and marketed by another firm (not by the company that developed the original remedy).

Producers of generics

Producers of generic remedies differ in many ways from producers of genuine remedies, such as Eli Lilly and Pfizer. There is a relatively low number of producers of genuine remedies around the world. Their head offices are situated in the countries of similar levels of industrial and social development (USA, Germany etc.) The quantity of producers of generic remedies is much larger (tens of thousands), they operate in a completely different economic & regulatory conditions (from the USA to the countries that don’t have the control and licensing system). In this regard, common requirements & “good producing practice” (GMP standards) aren’t always met by this group of producers.

Prices of non-original medicaments

Generic remedies always have lower prices than branded medications. The reasons of this are simple to understand. Producers of generics do not spend money on development, clinical experiments and often even on advertising medicaments and marketing issues. They only spend on the production process and checking of bioequivalence.

Is generic Cialis legal in the USA?

The medicament was released on the market in 2003. Patents in the USA and the European states expire in 2017. Therefore, any generic remedy containing the main agent of Cialis is illegal in the USA and the European Union. However, in other states, such as Brazil, patent protection ended earlier.
It should be noted, that a lot of websites (online chemist’s shops) offer generic Cialis online. Such remedies can be counterfeited and unsafe.