Aspen Generics

Which one’s the generic?
Generic medicines are so similar to original branded medicines that you’ll find it hard to tell them apart. Generics contain the identical active ingredient and are manufactured against the same strict standards prescribed by the relevant regulatory authorities in the various territories. Ranked by ImpactRx in June 2012 as the 9th largest generics company in the world, and South Africa’s number one generic brand (per IMS April 2013), Aspen is renowned for its quality, effective and affordable medicines. So when it comes to choosing a quality generic, make the choice that most South Africans make – choose an Aspen generic.

Why you should choose an Aspen generic
Is the cost of medicine making you ill? Well, there is an effective, affordable, quality solution to your medication woes. Choose the generics that most South Africans use, choose Aspen generics.

Why are generics more affordable?
It takes years of research and development to manufacture and market original medicines. There are huge costs associated with this, and in return, the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s original medicine is protected with a patent period of 15 to 20 years. Once the patent expires, the medicine can be made by another pharmaceutical company at a fraction of the cost because there are minimal research and development costs involved.

Are generics safe and effective?
Generic medicines are subject to the same strict controls as original medicines which make them equally effective and safe. In fact, original and generic medicines are sometimes made by the same company. They work in the same way in the body and they are associated with the same benefits as original medicines.

Who monitors the safety, quality and efficacy of generics?
All medicines, including generics, are registered by the South African Medicines Regulatory Authority (MRA). The registration number appearing on the packaging confirms that the medicine has been thoroughly assessed for safety, quality and efficacy and that it can be used with peace of mind. The MRA employs a team of experts who check the product to ensure that it complies with defined standards.

How does a generic differ from an original medicine?
While a generic has the same key clinical characteristics as the original medicine, it can differ in the following ways:

• Shape, colour or flavour
• Inactive ingredients
• Packaging and pack size
• Cost

Why most South Africans choose Aspen generics
Aspen pioneered generics in South Africa and has been providing them to the market for generation after generation. Aspen’s unquestionable credibility of manufacturing and supplying quality, affordable, effective medicines has resulted in the company remaining the largest generics manufacturer on the African continent and being statistically proven to be the number one generics brand in Africa (IMS – January 2014). In fact, more South Africans ask for an Aspen generic than any other brand, which gives you the assurance that when you choose an Aspen generic, you’re choosing the best there is.

Do I have the right to choose an Aspen generic?
Legislation was passed in May 2003 under the Medicines and Related Substances Act, No. 101 of 1965 (90/95 as amended) providing for mandatory generic substitution. This means that if you receive a prescription for medicine, you have the right to ask your pharmacist to substitute it with an Aspen generic. In addition, generic substitution helps you to relieve some of the pressure which your medical aid will be placing on you to better manage your medication benefits. So, it makes sense that you choose an Aspen generic and save substantially on your medicine bills.

Does Aspen have a generic for my ailment?
Aspen has an extensive basket of generics covering a broad range of categories, including:

  • Anti-depressants
  • Analgesics (for pain relief)
  • Anti-hypertensives (for high blood pressure)
  • Bronchodilators (for the treatment of asthma)
  • Anti-bacterials (to treat bacterial infections)
  • Anti-gout agents
  • Anti-inflammatory agents
  • Anti-fungal agents
  • Anti-histamines (for the treatment of allergies)
  • Decongestants
  • Gastro-intestinal agents
  • Dermatologicals
  • Anti-retrovirals (ARVs)

Global recognition for Aspen’s generic ARVs
Aspen is recognized as a leading global manufacturer of generic ARVs and manufactures an extensive basket of products in this therapeutic category. Aspen pioneered the formulation and development of generic ARVs and subsequently launched Aspen Stavudine – Africa’s first generic ARV, in August 2003. More than 1,2 million HIV/AIDS patients in South Africa use an Aspen ARV.

Aspen’s commitment to quality
Aspen generics are manufactured in facilities that comply with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Aspen’s scientific knowledge and capability consistently ensures that each generic produced strictly complies with the standards of the Medicines Regulatory Authority.

What other products does Aspen manufacture?
Aspen, which is a JSE Limited listed company, is acknowledged as Africa’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer. In addition to generic medicines, Aspen manufactures an extensive basket of products covering the branded, generic, OTC, consumer and infant nutritional sectors of the healthcare market.
Who can I speak to about Aspen generics?
Your healthcare professional should be consulted exclusively should you have any queries regarding your medication and the possibility of switching to a generic. If however, you need any information pertaining specifically to generics in relation to their efficacy or quality, please feel free to call Aspen’s hotline number on 0800 112 912.

When next you need medicine, make the choice that most South Africans make – choose an Aspen generic.