About Generics

A generic medicine is any medicine which has the same active ingredients in quality and quantity terms and is in the same pharmaceutical form as a branded medicine, and whose bioequivalence with the drug in question has been proven by proper bioavailability studies. Directive 2004/27/EC (31/03/2004)

Bioavailability studies are used as a tool to prove that a generic medicine has the same therapeutic effectiveness as the innovative branded medicine in question, and therefore it is possible to use one as an alternative to the other.