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Do you trust generic medications?

Several pharmaceutical industry experts in China privately indicate that up to 25% of ingredients purchased in China by Western companies come from unknown sources. This is very worrying, because if any of these chemicals were substandard, the products made with them could fail to help patients recover from their illnesses, or even could be lethal.


Asked by tasches at 7:39 PM on Jul. 6, 2011 in Health

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  • My dh worked at a pharmaceutical plant that made generic medications and they went by the exact recipe of name brand meds.  Once the patent was out his company would buy it out.  We have always used generics and they have been fine.


    Answer by luvmygrlz at 7:48 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • yes, I do. Its the same active ingredients but different inert ingredients.
    This is like tylenol and other stuff.
    Now, as for herbs and stuff - I'm still not sure of them. I don't take herbs.

    Answer by SassySue123 at 7:46 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • agreed w/sassy

    Answer by oregonduck at 7:47 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • yes i do

    Answer by SammiNicole at 7:47 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • Generics in general I trust just as much as a name brand drug which costs countless more money for the same thing. What I don't trust is buying anything from China, ESPECIALLY medicines, and even worse, I have lost almost all trust in just about any of the pharmaceutical companies.

    Answer by PTmomma3 at 7:50 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • Yes I trust them. If it wasnt for generics, most could not afford their medications.

    Answer by maggiebgood at 7:50 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • Why not? Even name brand drugs have had recalls for their products so what can you really trust?

    Answer by Nanixh at 8:31 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • I have always used generics and still will. I do not use herbal products, though, so I can't attest to that.

    Answer by lovingmy4babies at 8:33 PM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • Of course I do.

    Answer by LiLJeni at 2:45 PM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Interesting read, thanks.

    Answer by chgomom at 7:45 PM on Jul. 6, 2011