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james3000:
This was in the news today.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21012160

redrobot:
I've taken the Subutex generic when i was coming off H and it's nothing like the real thing. Much less effective and i'd have to take bigger dosages.
In the UK it's at the pharmacist's discretion [at least in my area] so i asked them not to give me generics and that was the end of it.

But for example when i lived in Portugal, it's the Doctor himself than prescribes [or not] generics. Most people there wanted them coz they're cheaper.

Miss Philicia:
I'll wait for a paper from a medical journal on the issue rather than something like the BBC.

buginme2:

--- Quote from: Miss Philicia on January 15, 2013, 10:07:31 AM ---I'll wait for a paper from a medical journal on the issue rather than something like the BBC.

--- End quote ---

A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators, appearing in the January 15 Annals of Internal Medicine, examines the potential impact of such a change.

There is a more detailed article explaining this issue in Science Daily.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130114172056.htm

From my undestanding, correct me if I am wrong, is that this concern stems from a previous study which stated that people who took their HIV medication as one pill (such as atripla) had better adherence and therefore did better overall.

When people had to go from a one pill combination, to taking their medications seperately in their individual components their adherence dropped affecting their health in the long term. 

I dont think the actually checmical componants of a generic medication are inferrior to the brand name, at least not in the US.  The FDA assures that.  The "news" covereage of this doesnt clearly explain this.

Miss Philicia:

--- Quote from: buginme2 on January 15, 2013, 02:56:14 PM ---
From my undestanding, correct me if I am wrong, is that this concern stems from a previous study which stated that people who took their HIV medication as one pill (such as atripla) had better adherence and therefore did better overall.

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Actually there was a study on aidsmap several months ago that said this wasn't really the case.

http://www.aidsmap.com/Dosing-frequency-and-number-of-pills-dont-affect-HIV-treatment-outcomes/page/2530789/

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