Generic Medicine, Meaning, Synonyms, Antonyms, and Use Cases

generic medicine


Have you wondered why a drug is classified under generic medicine? Or seen a lot of similar drugs in a pharmaceutical store? well here is a rundown on generic medicine, its meaning, synonyms, antonyms, and use cases.


Generic medicine (GM) is a pharmaceutical drug that contains the same substance (chemical substance) as a drug that was originally produced by a brand-name drug company.

These drugs also contain an equal amount of a chemical substance as that originally protected by chemical patents. 

Aside from having the same API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) as the original drugs, they differ in some characteristics which include taste, color, packaging, manufacturing process, excipients, and formulation.


generic drugs, generic products, generic pharmaceuticals, generic medicinal products, and general medicine.


brand name drug, particular medicine, specific medicine, and exclusive medicine


French – médicament générique

dutch – generieke geneeskunde

Latin – medicina generalis

Spanish – medicina genérica

Use cases

  • Generic substitution would mean that a prescription written for a branded product by a doctor would cause a pharmacist to give the patient a generic medicine in place of the branded name drugs.
  • The changes experienced by the patient mention the fact that diseases should be treated with homeopathic medicine or generic medicine rather than expensive treatments and that doctors will negotiate their salary when going for expensive medication.


Frequently asked question

The most common example of generic drugs we can find around us includes Ofloxacin (Diarrhea), Cefixime (Bacterial infection), Amoxicillin (Bacterial infection), and Paracetamol (Fever).
We’ll say that brand-name medicines and generic medicines work the same way. Generic medicines work the same as brand-name medicines, where there are a lot of similarities between a generic medicine and a brand-name medicine these similarities include safety, stability, dosage, effectiveness, strength, and quality, as well as the way it is taken. Whereas generic medicines also have the same risks and benefits as their brand-name counterparts.
We’ll say that according to FDA, generic drugs work just as effectively as their branded drugs counterparts. although their names are different, they work the same and generic-name drugs cost just about 80% to 85% less than branded drugs.
Video Explanation 
The video clip below explains generic medicine, with a comparison of generic drugs and brand-name drugs.


Generic Medicine contains the same strength and active ingredients as the original brand-name drugs. When a medicine is first developed, the pharmaceutical company that discovers and markets it receives a patent on its new drug which this patent has to expire before a generic drug can be manufactured.
Generic drugs pharmaceutical manufacturers before manufacturing any drug have to prove to FDA that their version has to meet a particular standard of the original drug before production.
Some of these standards include it has to contain the same active ingredient as the original, it has to provide the same efficacy and safety profile to patients (“bioequivalent”), it has to have the same indications, dosing, and labeling as that of the original, it needs to be identical in strength with the original, and it has to have the same dosage form, and route of administration with the original.





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