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The British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) represents the interests of UK-based manufacturers and suppliers of generic and biosimilar medicines and promotes the development and understanding of the generic and biosimilars medicines industry in the United Kingdom.
We have a strong focus on quality
The British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) has launched a forum in conjunction with the MHRA to focus on ensuring the manufacturing quality of generic medicines in the UK.
We reflect our members’ views at UK and European levels
We represent the views and interests of our members and industry generally to the UK government, the devolved administrations, regulators, other relevant third parties, including where appropriate the Institutions of the European Union and the media. Find out more about joining us.

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14.09.2018
RT @EMA_News: What is a #biosimilar? How does #EMA ensure that these #BiologicalMedicines are as safe and effective as any other medicine? Watch our new video available in 8 EU languages: https://t.co/nxOQZYHxpX
12.09.2018
RT @ABPI_UK: Our colleagues at @rpharms have published a new guide to the Yellow Card Scheme, helping @MHRAgovuk monitor the safety of medicines ???? Check it out here: https://t.co/4YMIhPP
06.09.2018
RT @ProGenerika: We are attending the very interesting workshop on sustainability in health systems in Brussels with @assogenerici @medicinesforEU @Medaxes @Peter_IGL @Murray_Aitken @Britishgenerics @eu_comission @EUnetHTA
23.08.2018
Our response to @MattHancock letter to medicines marketing authorisations holders https://t.co/HTICiu5WmK
23.08.2018
Our response to @DominicRaab and Government's publication of technical notices with regard to planning for a no-deal Brexit https://t.co/miexvrW1FD

10 things you need to know

1
Generic medicines meet the same standards of quality, safety and efficacy as originator brands.
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Generics have to demonstrate that they are bioequivalent to the original product - i.e., they deliver equal medical benefits to the patient.
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Generic competition saves the NHS more than £13.5bn per annum.
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The average cost to the NHS of a generic medicine is £3.80, whilst the average cost of a branded medicine is £20.95.
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On one product alone, based on current usage, the generics industry has saved the taxpayer £1.1bn.
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In the UK, a free market approach with competition between manufacturers and incentives for GPs to prescribe and pharmacists to dispense generics has led to a high market share (76%) for generic products.
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Generic prices in the UK are the lowest in the developed world and are constrained by free market competition.
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The market share that generics reach and the savings they generate are dependent upon national legislation and regulation.
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Further growth and NHS savings are constrained by regulatory delays and costs, and the actions of some originator companies in trying to avoid or delay generic competition.
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Competition from generics also stimulates the research based pharmaceutical industry to develop new medicines.