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Generics vs. Brand-Name Drugs: Not the same after all?

December 23, 2009 Leave a comment

There is growing concern (and continuing controversy) about whether generic drugs are truly equivalent in all cases.

With psych drugs like Lamictal costing a few hundred dollars per month, and the generic equivalent priced at ten bucks, it’s easy to see why this is an important question to answer.

In many cases, U.S. pharmacists are not required to tell you when they’ve switched you to a generic. And there are reports of patients experiencing different side effects and increased symptoms when switched from one generic to another, or from a brand name drug to a generic.

The insurance companies, on the other hand, beg to differ.

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