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COMMENT: Why don't GPs prescribe generic drugs?

It's great to see pharmacists supporting the use of cheaper generic drugs but why don't GPs follow suit, asks Richard Curran.

15th May, 2013
Richard Curran

Moves by generic medicines maker Teva Pharmaceuticals to encourage greater awareness of post-patent drugs is very welcome. The company announced that it is using broadcaster Gay Byrne to front a new campaign to broaden awareness of generic medicines.

The state has been trying to save money by changing its purchasing policies in relation to medicines, with some success. One of the state’s biggest expenses in relation to medicine is through the medical card system....

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