What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

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    Remdesivir is a broad-spectrum antiviral medication (nucleoside analogue) that was originally developed to counter Hepatitis C and was then repurposed for use against different viral diseases and infections. Like most direct-acting antivirals it works by blocking a virus’ RNA polymerase and prevent it from replicating its genetic material. This makes it so the virus is not able to grow in quantity and create more in the way of effects on the patient’s health.

    One of the primary advantages is that it will not affect the infected cells itself and will only prevent the virus from being able to copy itself. As of July 2020, clinical trials for Remdesivir were still ongoing.

    Medical Use

    Remdesivir is an injected medication that is used to speed recovery of individuals suffering from RNA viruses, and the most well known of these in recent times due to their prominence have been the SARS and MERS coronaviruses along with COVID-19. It has been reported to reduce recovery times by up to 30% for these viral infections or diseases. 2020 has seen it been aggressively pursued as a potential solution for the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Side Effects

    Use of Remdesivir may cause patients to experience any of the following side effects:

    • Respiratory failure
    • Organ impairment resulting from low albumin levels, low potassium levels, or lowered red blood cell or platelet counts
    • Skin discoloration
    • Gastrointestinal issues
    • Infusion-related reactions like low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, sweating, or shivering
    • Abnormal liver blood tests resulting from increases in levels of liver enzymes

    Brand Names

    Remdesivir is sold under the brand name Veklury, and in July 2020 was approved by the US FDA for emergency use as a COVID-19 treatment.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13379

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