Govt should buy generics only, once patents expire: expert

Professor Ric Day, director of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, has also called for all medicines to be identified most prominently by their generic, rather than brand,  name.

“In order to increase the uptake of generic medicines - that is at too low a level in Australia - I recommend that the PBS purchase generic drugs only when the patent on the originator drug expires,” he wrote in a submission to the TGA’s medicine labelling and packaging review.

Professor Day said generic names should be above