Where can I get my generic prescription pill analyzed for contents?
July 14, 2009 12:31 AM Subscribe
Where can I get a prescription pill analyzed for chemical contents?
posted by jnnla to health & fitness (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm doing a little experiment. I recently ordered a generic version of my prescription drug from overseas for much, much cheaper...but I am a bit dubious as to the drugs actual contents. Currently there is no official generic of the brand name drug as it is still under patent - so for all I know I could be ingesting paint or dried toothpaste or whatever from India.
I would like to have one of my overseas generic pills tested against one of my brand-name pills to see if it indeed contains the same stuff, as advertised. If it does I would literally be saving hundreds and hundreds of dollars per year - so it is worth it to me.
Are there commercial labs that will run such tests? I am in Los Angeles. Could I take it to a med-student and have them run a mass spectrometer on it? Would that even be the tool used? Where can I pay to have the contents of a pill analyzed?