1/3 of Docs Often Prescribe Brand-Name Drugs Over Generics: Study

Physician survey also found that closer ties with drug industry seemed to encourage the trend

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Steven Kayser, of the department of clinical pharmacy in the school of pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco, argues that drug manufacturers have a huge financial incentive to ensure that generics don't thrive.

"There is still significant influence from industry to use brand name drugs, and coupled with direct-to-consumer advertising, it is not surprising that patients become distrustful of using generic drugs," said Kayser, who is also the author of a journal editorial on the study. "There is a great deal that needs to be accomplished in educating both health professionals and patients about generics drugs in an effort to rein in the increasing cost of medications," he said.

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For more on generic medications, visit U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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