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Re: Swiss doc boycotts Novartis over job cuts

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Are you saying that a generic drug has exactly the same composition down to the fillers? If that's the case, how can they be different colors and sizes when compared to the original.
The generic component refers to the active ingredient, how thats packaged up may change between manufacturers but they should provide pharmacokinetic data to show bioequivelence i.e. the active ingredient is distributed and taken up by the body in a similar fashion. These types of studies usually involve a clinical trial where one lot of patients are given the generic drug and the other lot the originator drug, and then there is a cross over where they change over to other. So basically the regulations are very stringent, especially in the US which is why I'm surprised by what you wrote.
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