Article contributed by Shaun Lee Chia Choon.
Shaun Lee is an aspiring clinical research professional with an interest in drug safety and development. He graduated with a Masters of Pharmacy qualification from The University of Bath UK and at the time of writing, is a study coordinator at Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
The short answer is no and here is why.
Generics are conventionally small-molecule drugs, commonly produced via synthetic methods. They are interchangeable with the reference innovator products as their approval depends on the fulfilment of regulatory requirements to be both bioequivalent (comparable pharmacokinetics) and pharmaceutically equivalent (identical active substance). In other words, generics are therapeutically equivalent carbon copies of the reference innovator products.