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Clinical study finds TGP Paracetamol equally safe and effective

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - With more people looking for better and more affordable alternatives to quality healthcare, The Generics Pharmacy (TGP) continues to provide its customers with generic medicine that are equally safe and effective as off-patent branded ones.

One example is the TGP Paracetamol. In a recent human clinical study conducted by the Center of Biopharmaceutical Research at the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSHSI), it was found that the TGP Paracetamol, the company’s first private label generic medicine, is as safe and effective as the leading and innovator paracetamol brands in the market.

A human clinical study is a particular kind of research that is usually done by pharmaceutical companies to assess the safety and efficacy of a new drug. The TGP Paracetamol prides itself as the only clinical and human trial-tested private label paracetamol that is proven to be in equal effectiveness to off-patent brands.

Spearheaded by the director for research support and extension services and chairman of the Bioavailability Unit and Drug Testing Laboratory at DLSHSI, Dr. Rita Grace Alvero said the objective of the study was to test the rate and extent of absorption of the TGP Paracetamol after single-dose administration against the leading and innovator brands as well as monitor the safety and tolerability of the three formulations.

“Based on the guidelines provided by the Food and Drug Administration, our study made use of a randomized three-way crossover single-dosed bioequivalence study,” Alvero said.

“A bioequivalence study is the objective way of measuring absorption in the body while a three-way crossover entails that one subject had to take the three drugs in different dates or intervals,” she added.      

After a three-month period, the results of the study revealed that the TGP Paracetamol is bioequivalent or has the same pharmacokinetic profile as the leading and innovator paracetamol brands.

The three drugs were also declared to be therapeutically equivalent, meaning they can be used interchangeably with no difference in effect, yet the TGP Paracetamol stands as the most affordable with a price of only P1 per tablet.

With over 1,600 outlets nationwide, TGP is the country’s largest drugstore chain. It offers its customers a wide range of safe, effective and affordable generic medicine like vitamins, treatment for colds and cough, and maintenance medicine for the heart, diabetes and cholesterol.

ALVERO

CENTER OF BIOPHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH

DE LA SALLE HEALTH SCIENCES INSTITUTE

DR. RITA GRACE ALVERO

DRUG ADMINISTRATION

DRUG TESTING LABORATORY

GENERICS PHARMACY

PARACETAMOL

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