Generic Versus Branded Medicines Available on the Local Market

  • Hanan M El Bsir National Medical Research Center
  • Mokhtar M El-Baseir University of Tripoli
  • Somaia A Elsaedi Minstry of Health, Tripoli
  • Abdulrhman A Akasha University of Tripoli
  • Abdrheam Eluzy University of Tripoli
Keywords: generic drugs, innovator, brand, narrow therapeutic index


This paper presents a survey study of generic and branded medicines available on the local market. The study was carried out on solid dosage forms (Tablets and capsules) for 53 medications available at the time of study in 69 pharmacies located in Tripoli, Libya. Physical specifications (generic name, batch number, manufacture date, expiry date and the manufacturer) as appeared on the package for each product were recorded in a designed form. The retail price at the time of study for each innovator brand and the counterpart generic was also recorded and compared. Results showed that 234 (89%) generics and 29 (11%) branded medicines were available for the studied medicines. The generics medicines were antibiotics (28%), cardiovascular (24.36%), analgesics and antipyretics (12.5%), gastrointestinal (12.8%), for respiratory tract (0.85%), anti-Anthistamin (7.26%), for adiabatic (3%), for vitamins and minerals (6%) and corticosteroid (1%) medicines. The original suppliers of the generics were European countries (42%), Arabian countries (41%) and other region of the world (17%). The retail prices for the generics were significantly (p > 0.05) lower compared to the price of innovator brand counterpart. The study suggests post-marketing surveillance studies for the available generics in comparison to the innovators especially in terms of therapeutic efficiency.

Author Biographies

Hanan M El Bsir, National Medical Research Center

National Medical Research Center, Zawia, Libya

Mokhtar M El-Baseir, University of Tripoli

Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy,
University of Tripoli, Libya

Somaia A Elsaedi, Minstry of Health, Tripoli

Minstry of Health, Tripoli, Libya

Abdulrhman A Akasha, University of Tripoli

Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Tripoli, Libya

Abdrheam Eluzy, University of Tripoli

Department of Pharmaceutics,
Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Tripoli, Libya


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How to Cite
El Bsir, H., El-Baseir, M., Elsaedi, S., Akasha, A. and Eluzy, A. 2018. Generic Versus Branded Medicines Available on the Local Market. PharmaTutor. 6, 10 (Oct. 2018), 5-12. DOI: