The lawsuits alleged that the defendants, brand manufacturer Hoechst Marion Roussel and generic
manufacturer Andrx, illegally restrained trade for Cardizem CD and its generic
bioequivalents, in violation of the antitrust, unfair competition and/or consumer protection laws.
Genepharm Australasia (ASX: GAA) is a specialist generic
pharmaceutical company developing, distributing and marketing a premium range of generic
pharmaceuticals in Australia and New Zealand.
drug manufacturers, not restricted by the patents, created the fixed-dose combinations at the request of Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization.
But in general as a generic
, we have more flexibility than a basic manufacturer and can adapt to the changing market more effectively.
Joel Teplinsky, a wound-care specialist at Encino Hospital, agrees that generic
medications can often treat conditions just as effectively as their brand name equivalents, but he doesn't believe generics
are always appropriate.
Unlike other provinces, Saskatchewan is the only province to use a competitive tendering process to purchase generic
drugs, which Saskatchewan Health estimates saved its residents about $13 million in 2000-01.
If the government is able to enforce its new official generic
policy, those companies selling copies will disappear.
Vincent Riccardi, president of La Crescenta-based American Medical Consumers, said people shouldn't go generic
to simply save money.
In an effort to control those costs, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois is looking at the prospect of paying pharmacists to check with physicians to see whether it would be appropriate to change prescriptions for brand-name drugs to generic
drugs, said Robert Kieckhefer, a spokesman for the Illinois Blues.
MSF (Doctors Without Borders), and Oxfam GB, are also sponsors of the Summit on Generics