Generic Hepatitis C medicines are created to be exact copies of existing approved brand-name Hepatitis C medicines such as Harvoni or Epclusa. These Hep C meds are the same in dose rates, chemical composition, safety, strength, side effects, quality, and cure rates as the brand versions, but are much cheaper.
Generally a generic Hepatitis C medicine refers to a version of a medication used to treat Hepatitis C that is produced and marketed by a company other than the original manufacturer. For example Epclusa is manufactured by Gilead Sciences in the USA but by Hetero Pharmaceuticals in India. Accord to definitions by the USA’s FDA, generic medicines are essentially equivalent to the brand-name version in terms of active ingredients, dosage form, strength, route of administration, safety, efficacy, and intended use.
The FDA’s exact of a generic drug definition is:
“A generic drug is a medication created to be the same as an already marketed brand-name drug in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics, and intended use. These similarities help to demonstrate bioequivalence, which means that a generic medicine works in the same way and provides the same clinical benefit as the brand-name medicine. In other words, you can take a generic medicine as an equal substitute for its brand-name counterpart.”
In the case of Hepatitis C, there are several direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medications that have been developed to effectively treat the infection. These medications target the Hepatitis C virus directly, suppressing its replication and allowing the immune system to clear the virus from the body.
Some commonly used generic DAA medications for Hepatitis C include:
Availability and specific brand names of generic medications can vary by country. These n0n-brand versions of Hepatitis C medicines have played a crucial role in increasing access to treatment and reducing the overall cost of therapy, making them more affordable for patients.
There are two types of non-brand Hep C medicines. Firstly there are the licensed Hep C meds. These are made under direct license from the owners of the brand medication. The companies that manufacture the licensed Hep C meds have been given all the information on manufacturing these medicines from the brand owners in exchange for a royalty payment on all medication sold.
Part of the licensing agreement also requires that the maker of these Hep C meds meets certain quality assurance standards.
This means that licensed non-brand Hep C medication is identical to brand versions except in the colour of the pill and the price.
Licensed non-branded Hep C medicines are only made in India and the USA. Gilead Sciences granted licenses to manufacture Epclusa, Harvoni and Sovaldi to Indian pharmaceutical companies.
Because the patents for Hepatitis C medicine are not recognized in all countries there are unlicensed versions of various Hepatitis C medicines.
Manufacturers of unlicensed Hep C medicines do not have access to the technical information that licensed manufacturers do, so they must figure things out themselves and often produce products that are not as effective as the brand versions.
Many unlicensed medicines are made in countries with poor regulation of the pharmaceutical industry and quality is not assured. It is unwise to purchase or consume unlicensed Hep C medicine.
Currently, there is no generic version of Mavyret however Mavyret is slightly inferior to the Sofosbuvir based Hep C treatments such as Epclusa and Harvoni.
For example, the combination of Sofosbuvir + Daclatasvir, which like Mavyret is a pan-genotype Hep C treatment but Sofosbuvir + Daclatasvir has many advantages over Mavyret being easier to absorb and with less side effects. This is because Sofosbuvir + Daclatasvir is water-soluble, which means that it is more easily absorbed into the body than Mavyret.
Lastly, Sof + Dac is much cheaper than Mavyret
Off-brand versions of Epclusa are made in India and are about 2% more effective than Mavyret across all genotypes of Hepatitis C.
Delivery of your Hep C Treatment is generally by Express Airmail, which can be tracked online. A tracking number is supplied once the order has been shipped. So your Hepatitis C medicine is safe from dispatch to delivery at your home.
Delivery can take between 10 and 14 days depending on your location.
A full refund, less shipping costs, is available for goods returned within 28 days unopened and in good condition.
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