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Read our guide to Generic and biosimilars medicines market and pricing
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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.
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07.12.2018
Our response to @MattHancock and Government update on preparations for no-deal Brexit. https://t.co/llAfkVZg7n
03.12.2018
Reaction to the proposed changes to the statutory scheme to control the costs of branded health service medicines consultation response from Warwick Smith, Director General @Britishgenerics @BritBiosimilars https://t.co/9ajmPC81EL
26.11.2018
RT @BioProInsider: NHS replaces highest-spend drug with £300m cheaper alternative https://t.co/ErjKDOx7f
26.11.2018
RT @wallaceme: People rightly complain when the NHS fails to make efficient use of generic drugs, biosimilars, the expiration of pharma patents, etc - this time NHS commissioners and negotiators have got it right and saved £300 million. They deserve congratulations. @MattHancoc
26.11.2018
RT @NHSEngland: The #NHS is set to save a record £300 million after negotiating deals with five manufacturers on low cost versions of the health service's most costly drug, Simon Stevens announced today. https://t.co/EWwkpB8v9

10 things you need to know

1
Generic medicines meet the same standards of quality, safety and efficacy as originator brands.
2
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.