Re: Difference between Generic and ethical medicines.
Generic generally relates to "in general"
1. applicable or referring to a whole class or group; general
2. biology of, relating to, or belonging to a genus: the generic name
3. denoting the nonproprietary name of a drug, food product, etc
4. a drug, food product, etc that does not have a trademark
A generic drug (generic drugs, short: generics) is a drug which is produced and distributed without patent protection. The generic drug may still have a patent on the formulation but not on the active ingredient.
An active ingredient (AI), is the substance in a pharmaceutical drug or a pesticide that is biologically active. Terms in similar use include: active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and bulk active in medicine, or in pesticide formulationsactive substance may be used. Some medications and pesticide products may contain more than one active ingredient. The traditional word for the API is pharmacon or pharmakon adapted from pharmacos) which originally denoted a magical substance or drug.
A dosage form of a drug is traditionally composed of two things: The API, which is the drug itself; and an excipient, which is the substance of the tablet, or the liquid the API is suspended in, or other material that is pharmaceutically inert. Drugs are chosen primarily for their active ingredients.