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Docs, and patients, should remember to use generics

(Reuters Health) Prescribing generic medicines instead of brand name drugs whenever possible cuts costs, improves patient adherence and improves health outcomes, according to a new recommendation from the American College of Physicians.
“Generic medications are cheaper and patients are more likely to get those prescriptions filled,” said Dr. Amir Qaseem of the American College of Physicians, who coauthored the recommendation.
“This is for both physicians and patients,” Qaseem told Reuters Health by phone.
Despite what some patients and even doctors may believe, generics are consistently as effective and safe as their brand-name counterparts, he said.
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