NEOPha  Pharmacovigilance Consultancy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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NEOPha provides drug safety and pharmacovigilance consulting for new pharmaceutical drugs, and nutritional supplements.

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Consulting Services for New Drugs, Medical Devices, & Nutritional Supplements

Frequently Asked Questions


We try to anticipate questions you might have and provide the answers here. If you need additional information send email to neopha@fornewdrugs.com.

 

1.

  Do Pharmaceutical Companies provide assistance? 

  Two main types of assistance are available from pharmaceutical companies. Several companies offer programs that allow consumers to take a discount drug card to the pharmacy to get a discount off of the price of prescription drugs. And most major pharmaceutical companies offer Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs), which give free or low-cost medicines to people in need.

Every company has its own eligibility criteria for PAPs, and, in most cases, U.S. citizenship and some proof of income, such as tax records or a record of social security benefits, are required.

You can initiate the PAP process on your own by printing forms off the Internet or by calling pharmaceutical companies directly to request forms. PAP forms require a doctor's signature.


2.

  Are there cheaper drug options?

  If you are having trouble paying for medications, what can you reasonably expect from your provider? You should feel free to ask about whether a generic can be used instead of a brand-name drug or whether there is a similar drug that is less expensive. But some providers don't know the price of drugs, so you might have to do your own research, In some cases, there may be nonprescription drugs that might work.


3.

  Are generic drugs different from brand name drugs?

  According to the FDA, generic drugs have exactly the same active ingredients and effects as brand-name drugs, but they can cost 30% to 80% less. Patent protection gives brand-name manufacturers the right to be the sole source of a drug for a certain time period so they can recoup the money they invested in trying to develop the product. Once the patent protection expires, a generic version of the drug can be marketed.


4.

  Are generic drugs safe?

  Generic medicines have to be safe and effective to be approved by the FDA. The FDA also requires generic drug manufacturers to:

  • meet the same batch-to-batch requirements for strength, purity, and quality as the original manufacturer and
  • follow the same strict "Good Manufacturing Practices" rules.

5.

  Why do generic drugs look different than the brand-name product?

  U.S. trademark laws don't allow generic drugs to look exactly the same as another drug already on the market. For that reason, the color and shape of a generic pill may be different than the brand-name. Sometimes it will have a different coating or flavor. These "inert ingredients" also are carefully considered by the FDA. Differences in taste or appearance do not affect the drug's safety or effectiveness.


6.

  Why are generics cheaper?

  Some brand-name manufacturers charge customers higher prices in the United States than they do in other countries, where drug prices are regulated. Drug research is costly, and patent protection gives brand-name manufacturers at least 20 years to recover those costs—costs that generic manufacturers do not have. Brand-name manufacturers collectively spend billions of dollars in marketing new drugs to doctors and the public. Generic manufacturers rarely spend money on advertising and marketing—another important way they keep their costs down.