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When comparing name brand drugs online versus offline stores, cheap drugs are good but free drugs are even better -- hold on a second, that is just a part of a goof about generic drugs. In case you have not noticed there is quite a bit of sarcasm in this joke. Nevertheless, this article has a different objective. One thing that remains true is that the price of generics and cheap drugs sold by online drug stores in contrast to brick-and-mortar pharmacies is dropping virtually every day. And this will be the main idea of the article.
First of all, it is mandatory that generic drugs are exactly the same as the branded drugs including side effects, safety and risks. Before approval, the drugs are tested under regulatory scientific pharmaco-surveillance procedures using a strict progressive series; first at laboratories and then in clinical trials for a considerable length of time.
Yes, this process is time consuming and prone to potential failure but you must agree that no element of research and the extraordinary time required for it would cut the cost of developing generics by more than 60-70%. This is probably why these generics are called cheap drugs but not the only reason.
Brand name medications protected by patents are allowed to have exclusive control of pricing for 20 years, which is longer than could be imagined to be continuously affordable, although medical insurance and social security systems make some rather ineffective attempts to fix the situation. Affordable drugs are a huge money making industry for countries like India. The drugs made here are cheap in actual terms and they are sold via online pharmacies.
This works to the advantage of the online shops and cheap drugs producers at the expense of offline pharmacies. Online pharmacies enjoy the luxury of doing business in a different kind of atmosphere to that of offline pharmacies.
These non-online drug stores have another business disadvantage; namely the tax requirements of the countries where they are located — perversely they remove the advantages that would have derived from social security and medical insurance.
I have a simple philosophy that if the generic drug is exactly the same, it is better to save several hundred dollars by ordering the generic drug online.