This is a post from Joan Concilio, Man Vs. Read more about Joan. I hate buying jeans.
The research finds that placebo painkillers labeled with a brand name prompted as much headache relief as tablets containing the painkiller ibuprofen.
The new study, although small and only in college students, suggests that not all placebos are created equally. In fact, "having a brand-name label made a placebo tablet work as well as an active painkiller ," said study lead author Kate Faasse, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Auckland.
The study was published recently in the journal Health Psychology. Although generic medications are commonplace now, many people suspect that their quality is inferior, background information in the study noted.
With the new study, the researchers hoped to gain more insight into what brand names actually mean. To do this, they recruited 87 college students in New Zealand who had frequent headaches.
Besides the United States, New Zealand is the only other country that allows direct-to-consumer advertising, according to the U. Food and Drug Administration. The researchers asked the study volunteers to treat four headaches with four pills labeled either "Nurofen" or "generic ibuprofen.
The other two contained ibuprofen. Nurofen is the most recognized brand of ibuprofen in New Zealand, Faasse said, the equivalent of Motrin in the United States. The participants reported the same amount of pain relief for the "Nurofen" tablets with real ibuprofen as the placebos with the same brand name.
But they reported less relief from the generic placebo than the real ibuprofen tablets with a generic label. This "could be because the patients had a lower opinion of the generic medicine: Instead, she said, it would be helpful to improve the way consumers think about generic drugs.
That might be hard to do, she acknowledged. About 70 percent of people accurately understand that generic drugs "are just as safe and effective as their brand-name equivalents," she said. Yet, she added, "there are still a lot of people who have negative views of generics.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.When a company’s mark becomes the generic name for its product or service, it can lose its trademark registration which can be extremely damaging to the company. A recent 9th Circuit decision upholding Google’s trademark may help other trademark owner’s avoid suffering a generic fate.
Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service for Generic Top-Level Domains.
In an interesting trend, generic brands are also raising their prices at a higher rate than name brands. According to the Wall Street Journal, generic brands have raised the prices of nonperishable food by % compared to % for name brands. NeedyMeds is the best source of information on patient assistance programs. All our information is free and updated regularly. The Similarities The Differences According to the FDA, to substitute a generic for a brand name drug: It must contain the same active ingredients (the chemical substance.
In December , the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center began offering domain name dispute resolution services under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Generic and Brand Name Drugs: Understanding the Basics We’ve been there.
We can help. 2 J learn that the decision to choose a brand name or a generic is one that involves you and your health care team.
A brand name drug is a best source of information about brand name and . generic or brand name prescription drug, physicians served an important function in consumers’decision making about which type of drug to purchase 2Y5 ; however, for OTC drugs, the phy-.
The following three lists of generic and genericized trademarks are. marks which were originally legally protected trademarks, but have been genericized and have lost their legal status due to becoming generic terms,; marks which have been abandoned and are now generic terms; marks which are still legally protected as trademarks, at least in some jurisdictions.
When making a decision about whether to prescribe a brand-name or a generic drug, most doctors consider out-of-pocket costs, Stein said. Certainly, he does. “I do try to control the cost whenever possible, especially when I think the generic and brand name are truly identical.